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cacique Nambikwara

Copyright © Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.

Reprodução proibida. © Todos os direitos reservados.


"Cacique" means the Indian tribal chief.

He is the leader of the "People from the Ashes",

and he emphasized it to me when

I asked permission before taking his portrait.


They have a special ritual for this nose piercing.

They do it to mark the puberty's masculine passageway,

were the boy should show courage, firmness and spiritual power.


I looked to this photo more then a hundred times.

First, i'm still asking why he was looking to me so deep.

Second, i just can't believe that i did this one.


And i'm sure this wonderful man should be very very proud (as i am),

if he could see what The Humminbird's Foundation chidren were doing.

Take a look here at Bruno's work


>Indigenous Meeting at Betioga city.

The Nambikwara live on the Mato Grosso State's

west and Rondônia State from Brazil.

Population about 998, in 1999.


Published at Issue #4, Bending Light Magazine.

"Worth a thousand words"

Copyright © 2005 Tatiana Cardeal


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Taken on April 17, 2005