The Yawalapiti

TRIBAL PARADISE

The Yawalapiti live in the Upper Xingu region in the state of Matto Grosso in Brazil.

Long protected by the hostile tribes of Lower Xingu, the Yawalapiti do not believe in violent behaviour which they see as unworthy of human beings. They channel their aggression into certain rituals such as Uka Uka wrestling matches held during the Kuarup, the ceremony honouring the dead.

The Yawalapiti have no concept of personal property and accept polygamy, although not all practise it.