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