Thursday, May 17, 2012

Life with the Yawalapiti Tribe in Brazil

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Deep in the Brazilian heartland, where the upper reaches of the Amazon Basin dissolve into the central plateau, photographer Ueslei Marcelino had the opportunity to spend several days in the home of the Yawalapiti tribe. The Yawalapiti, one of the 14 tribes living inside the Xingu National Park, were preparing a Quarup, a ritual held over several days to honor in death a person of great importance to them. In its original form, the Quarup was a funeral ritual intended to bring the dead back to life. tenzin yangdon: Today, it is a celebration of life, death and rebirth. From the very oldest to the very youngest, all the members of the Yawalapiti tribe participate in the preparations. This year the Quarup will pay tribute to two people - a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education in Brazil.

Yawalapiti children play in the Xingu National Park



Yawalapiti children play over the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park

Yawalapiti children play over the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park

Yawalapiti tribe members catch fish in the Xingu National Park
Life with the Yawalapiti Tribe in Brazil

A Yawalapiti boy jumps into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park
A Yawalapiti boy dips his head into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State

Yawalapiti youth chief Anuia leads a dance in the Xingu National Park

A Yawalapiti boy poses with a camera in the Xingu National Park

Yawalapiti men play the urua bamboo flute in the Xingu National Park

Yawalapiti tribe members catch fish in the Xingu National Park
Yawalapiti men play the urua bamboo flute in the Xingu National Park
Life with the Yawalapiti Tribe in Brazil
Yawalapiti men wrestle in the Xingu National Park

A Yawalapiti wrestler rests in the Xingu National Park

A Yawalapiti man walks out of a hut in the Xingu National Park

An aerial view of the Yawalapiti village is seen in the Xingu National Park

A bird perches on a tree in front of the full moon in the Yawalapiti village at the Xingu National Park


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