Wóȟpe is a Lakota Goddess of Peace, the daughter of Wi and the Moon, Haŋhépi-Wi. She is the wife of the South Wind. When she visited the Earth, she gave the Dakota Sioux a pipe as a symbol of peace. Later, Wóȟpe became assimilated with the Goddess, White Buffalo Calf Woman. An alternative name for Wóȟpe is Ptehíŋčalasaŋwiŋ. The name Wóȟpe means meteor and she represents peace, harmony, meditation and the cycles of time. Her sacred stone is turquoise.
Matse men traditionally placed “whiskers” in tribal piercings extending upward on the upper lip. In addition, the “whiskers” were not straw colored, instead they were black. The male ornaments were made out of the black veins of a growing palm trunk. Interestingly, younger men enhanced their appearance by using longer splinters than did older men.
Amazon, South America. The Amazon River Basin is home to the largest rainforest on earth. The basin, roughly the size of the forty-eight contiguous United States, covers some 40% of the South American continent and includes part of eight South American countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname, as well as French Guiana, a department of France.