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The Yanomami Indians are regarded to be the last stone age people residing in the Amazon rainforest.  Currently, there are close to 25,000 Yanomami Indians living scattered on the border region between Brazil and Venezuela. Their land is rich in noble woods like mahogany and strategic minerals like uranium, niobium as well as gold and diamonds.  Their culture is being endangered by the encroachment of the western civilization.

The following images are part of my documentary project on the Yanomami Indians in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest that I have been working on since 1995. These photographs were taken during my expeditions of October 1995, December 1999, January 2002 and  March 2003 in the states of Roraima and Amazonas and are available through ZUMA Press. My intention is touild a comprehensive database of images  on the lifestyle and ceremonial  practices of this vanishing Neolithic culture.

-Antonio Mari

Vanity
A man with his wives and children, painting his body for a ceremony using  a lipstick made of annatto seeds.

2004 Antonio Mari

Boy Fishing
A boy uses a bow and arrows to catch fish in the river.

2004 Antonio Mari

Intimacy
A group of women lounge inside the communal house while their husbands are gone on a hunting trip.

2004 Antonio Mari

Shabono
Aerial view of a communal house ("shabono") where aproximatly 250 Indians live.

2004 Antonio Mari

Ray-Ban Acculturation
An Indian boy wearing a pair of sun glasses given by a missionary.

2004 Antonio Mari

The Fertility Goddess
A girl groomed according to rituals marking her passage to womanhood.

2004 Antonio Mari

Boys
Boys having  fun in the river on a hot afternoon.

2004 Antonio Mari

Mother with her child in the village of Abruwa-teri.

2004 Antonio Mari

A Bloody Fight
A traditional club fight between father and son to settle a family dispute. The Yanomami often settle their issues by hitting each other over the head in club fights.

2004 Antonio Mari

A Bloody Fight (cont.)

2004 Antonio Mari

A Bloody Fight (cont.)
Contenders after a bloody club fight.

2004 Antonio Mari

A Bloody Fight (cont.)

2004 Antonio Mari

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