Txemã, the primary cacique (chief) of the Matis tribe, with face painted red with dye from urucum
(Bixa orellana) for the Ceremony of Queixada. His smile shows the
warmth and happiness of the Matis tribe. The Matis spend much of their
time smiling and laughing. They are truly a cheerful people, free of
many of the obligations and pressures that characterize Western societies
and developed nations.
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