Fotos Indias Nuas Do Xingu

the artisans of the upper xingu remain unique in the art of the hammock and clothes. the hammock, which is made of vines, gives the necessary support for the work of the weavers, and is braided on one side, made of feathers or rags on the other. the men and women wear the same kind of clothes, with the women wearing a woven dress and headdress, the men a wrap around jacket with a feather on the back.

the kamaiur also have their own version of the ritualized erection of the great tree (merke), on which the community of the xingu. the ritual begins at dawn, with a special ceremony, in which groups of men (baga-atte) climb up the tree and cut the branches. they are then brought back to the village and placed in the plaza of the hokayterip, under the gaze of the crowds that come to witness the merke‘s erection.

the city of the kamaiur is organized in a manner similar to that of the other villages of the upper xingu. the main square is organized as a circle around the hokayterip, with the dwellings of the men, the workshops and the main public space, which is also the center of the ceremonial activities of the village.

the exchange of goods between villages has a ceremonial character and, in the upper xingu, takes place almost exclusively during the festivals and ceremonies. the festival comes to mark the end of the period of the jawari, which lasts from november to february. during this period, it becomes obligatory to visit the houses of the other groups. the moitar, as a form of social exchange, has a symbolic character, in which the visitor is treated as an equal by the visitors in whose house he or she is staying. in this way, he or she is accepted as a guest. in this way, the individual is obliged to thank the hosts and, in reciprocating, he or she leaves some pequi nuts or gourds, according to his or her capacity to do so.