Naja Karamuru: vintage postcard, signed on the back
Naja was born in Brazil and she claimed her mother was a Native South American of the Guarany Tribe - now, the accepted spelling is Guarani. According to her bio information, she grew up in the South American jungle, but her quest for an education and love of dance drove her to leave the jungle in pursuit of the ‘big city’. I have no idea how much of this is true and how much of it is just an invented character background.
She was most likely Brazilian though, because she was originally billed as “Brazil’s Answer to Jayne Mansfield”. Also, early in her career she often danced with two large pythons, and in press interviews, claimed to work with a cobra, as well (Naja is the genius for cobras). Later she would marry a wardrobe specialist that made all of her costumes and managed her career as well. Due to the beautiful quality of her husband’s work, she was later billed as “The Girl with the $100,000 Wardrobe”. Early in her career she often danced with two large pythons, and in press interviews, claimed to work with a cobra, as well (Naja is the genius for cobras).