The Lip Piercing was sported by the Aztecs and Mayans who wore labrets, while the Dogon people of Mali and the Nuba of Ethiopia wore rings. The practice of stretching the lips by piercing them and inserting plates or plugs was found throughout Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and South America as well as among some of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and Africa. In some parts of Malawi, it was quite common for women to adorn their lips with a lip disc called a "pelele" that by means of gradual enlargement from childhood could reach several inches of diameter. Such lip stretching is still practiced in some places of the world. In some Pre-Columbian and North American cultures, labrets were the oldest form of high status symbol.