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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 Bixa orellana 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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