Shrunken Head From John Huston’s 1979 ‘Wise Blood’ Movie Confirmed as Human

May 12, 2021 | EARNINGS

Tsantsas are usually referred to as shrunken heads, and often represented ceremonial and cultural value to certain Indigenous groups of Ecuador and Peru. In 1942, Mercer University biologist Jim Harrison acquired a tsantsa while serving in the US Air Force, and it later found its way on the set of John Houston’s 1979 movie “Wise Blood.”

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