Meaning of Water Photo Contest Religion and Spirituality Category Winner
Title: The Matis and the Capibara
Description: The Matis Indians are a Panoan speaking group that live in the Indigenous Land 'Vale do Javari', Amazonas, Brazil. Here they are capibaras, the biggest rodent in the world.
They will dress themselves, spreading mud all over their skin and making big moustaches with grass and leaves. One of them will play the chief, his head will be bigger than the other ones. They will imitate the capibara sounds. Sometimes some of them will rub the mud on the women who are watching it. It is a lot of fun! Then, they will jump in the water when the party is finished. In Matis, they call it "ënawat tanek". It is one of the many "tanek" the Matis play, they are part of an ongoing process of knowledge and play between female and male.
Photographer: Barbara Arisi
Occupation: PhD Student