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Eighteen year old Chawa Wassa Matis with son Tumi. Matis mothers develop a special relationship with their children, particularly their male offspring. This special mother-son bond has been documented by anthropologists studying closely related tribes such as the Matsés Indians. During their first years, male offspring are constant companions of their mothers. One unique aspect of Matis women is that they often accompany men during hunting, a practice that have been documented by several anthropologists. Generally they assist with the hunt, rather than actually killing prey, but sometimes they actually slaughter prey animals.
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