Stunning Photos Show Life of Remote Indigenous Tribes in Brazil

Bej Indian in the Xingu river, state of Mato Grosso, Brazil (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

Images offer rare glimpse into life of Brazilian tribes

These stunning photographs show the indigenous Kamaiurá people diving underwater and swimming beneath a waterfall in the Amazonian basin.

The tribe, which has a population of just over 500, lives in the Upper Xingu region around Lake Ipavu, four miles from the Kuluene River.

These incredible images offer a rare glimpse of life within remote Brazilian tribes and show women diving underwater

These images offer a rare glimpse of life within remote Brazilian tribes and show women diving underwater (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

These images offer a rare glimpse of life within remote Brazilian tribes and show women diving underwater (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

These images offer a rare glimpse of life within remote Brazilian tribes and show women diving underwater (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

The photos provide an overview of the contemporary situation of indigenous people in Brazil.

The Kamaiurá, whose name means ‘a raised platform to keep meat, pots and pans’, were first contacted by the outside world in 1884.

Its population was ravaged by disease in the 1950s.

Brazilian authorities declared the region a national park in 1961 to prevent the spread of deadly epidemics.

UNDERWATER BRAZILIAN TRIBE

A member of the Tanawy Xucuru Cariri tribe stands beside the So Francisco river in the state of Alagoas. (Picture: Ricardo Stuckert)

Tribes men wearing traditional colourful clothing looked to the skies as they stand in the branches of a tree above a stretch of water in Brazil. (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

A tribesman on horseback looks out across a stretch of water as the sun sets. (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

The images were captured by photographer Ricardo Stuckert while spending time living with the indigenous community two years ago.

Stuckert said: ‘The pictures show the traditional way of life of these people who live in harmony with nature. They provide an overview of the contemporary situation of the indigenous people in Brazil.

“I’ve been a professional photographer for 29 years, and have been photographing Brazil’s Indigenous people since 1996, when I visited an Yanomany tribe. Since then, I have become a strong supporter of Indigenous people.”

Tribesmen perform a ceremonial dance in another of the photographer’s stunning images. (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

The collection of photographs has now been published in a book titled Brazilian Indians, as part of an effort by Stuckert to help them.

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