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a jaguar scaring me

Copyright © 2007 Tatiana Cardeal. All rights reserved.

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Paixão is an ancient of the Xavante Tribe, my ancestors.

I met him two years ago, when he made a traditional Xavante knot for me.

The knot stayed until last december, when I was in Amazon, and it has gone with

the Tapajós river. And so, I asked him to make a new one, because wearing it became something special, making me remeber frequently about where I came from,

and what I'm doing.


Here, Paixão was demonstrating a traditional play they do with kids on the tribe, with

a story about their myths, where he was painted and moving as a jaguar.

The jaguar gave the fire to the Xavante People. They tells the story that in some point the jaguar spirit scares the people, dancing around the children. I was kneeling on the sand, and he started to dance for me, as I was his kid.

One of the most special moments of my life,

and my favorite picture.


> Indigenous National Festival at Bertioga city, 2007.


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Taken on April 21, 2007