The Kayapo Indians Live On The Lands Of Mato Grosso

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The Kayapo Indians live on the lands of Mato Grosso, Brazil. They live in the Xingu National Park which was created to preserve the Amazon ecosystem and to protect the indigenous people of the region. The Kayapo are Indigenous people of this region. Indigenous people are: Indigenous communities, peoples and nations are those which, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non-dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns, social institutions and legal systems. -United Nations Development Group 2009 These Indians have a strong sense of their tribal identity. They stick with their cultural expressions and traditional tribal rituals. The men wear disks in their lower lip that grow larger over time. This gradually stretches the lip tissue. This and other body modification rituals are connected to the complex symbolism of body adornment present in their society. The plug in the lower lip shows that one is aggressive. Ear plugs signify that one is open to the opinions and input of others. The Kayapo live a nomadic lifestyle. By adopting the practice of
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