TumŽ (center) and brother Tumi Matis (left) during the Ceremony of Queixada.
Note that the painting of the face or body is prohibited during the mourning
period after a member of the tribe dies. The red color comes from the
fruit and seeds of
which is cultivated by the Matis tribe. The Matis Indian tribe is very
unified and until recently, all members of this Amazon rain forest tribe live in the same
village. Presently there are two Matis villages located close by on
the Itui River in Brazil.
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