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Treasure Hunter and Tribal Art Collector Billy Jamieson

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Angelia Miller

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William Jamieson is an ethnologist, Musicologist, Antique Tribal Art collector, and dealer. Bill's interests evolve around the forgotten cultures and customs of the South Pacific, Indonesia, South American and North American. Also Bill's fieldwork among the Shuar of Equador and Peru has helped him have much knowledge about this Tribal Group. His expertise has been drawn upon by National Geographic's documentary production unit for a series Headhunting, Human Sacrifice, and Canabulisum as well as by numerous museums and researchers. Through an interest in disappearing Andean-Amazonian tribal rituals, Bill has financed and led five expeditions into Ecuador and Peru from 1995 to 2001, researching traditional naturopathic healings and related rituals. Focusing on the Shuar tribe of Ecuador, made famous for their past custom of shrinking heads, Bill has amassed the most extensive Shuar library and archival photos in existence, including a collection of shrunken human heads. Through this Bill had also taken an interest in other cultures and collected early ethnographic material from the Native cultures of North America, South America, South Pacific, Dayak of Borneo, Naga of the Highlands of India and Batak of Sumatra.