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Matis Indian Shaman | Photographer

Txem, the primary cacique of the Matis tribe (left) with the author of this article (right).  Txem was a young man when the Matis first made contact with the outside world.  He speaks no Portuguese or Spanish, only using his native Panoan language.  Shortly before this photograph was taken, Txem led a successful occupation of the local FUNAI station, thereby ousting the corrupt FUNAI head from his post.  With the help of astute indigenous leaders such as Txem, the face of the Brazilian Government's FUNAI is slowly changing to one more indigenous. 


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