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The Kayapó of the Xingu, Brazil
The Kayapó Indians are an indigenous tribe inhabiting land on both sides of the Xingu River in Pará state Brazil. Today they number about 5000 and refer to themselves as Mebêngokrê, which means ‘the men from the water place.’ These photos by Claire and Bill Leimbach were taken in the 1970s.
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Chief Raoni Chief Raoni Chief & filmmaker Chief Raoni
Kayapo Chief meeting with the chiefs meeting with the chiefs meeting with the chiefs
Kayapo Chiefs meeting with FUNAI gathering of women gathering of women
examining a tape recorder meeting a settler Kayapo village Kayapo village
Kayapo village Kayapo village communal house communal house
fishing fishing fishing fishing
fishing hunting party hunters with guns hunter with blowgun
hunter with arrows hunter with arrows hunter with catch hunters with catch
hunter in forest hunter with jaguar hunter with jaguar hunters in tall grass
Feeding a tapir Clearing land women work in garden women work in garden
girl works in garden women work in garden women work in garden women cooking
women cooking cooking in hut women spinning women spinning
man in hut man in hut man with earring young girl with puppy
eating manioc eating monkey girls & butterflies young boy
young girls father & son young boy girl with pet monkey
wrestling wrestling wrestling wrestling
celebration celebration celebration celebration
celebration body painting body painting body painting
body painting body painting body painting body painting
body painting body painting body painting body painting
body painting body painting body painting body painting
body painting body painting fixing penis with leaf fixing penis with leaf
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