Shaman Pankará

Category: Travel Portraits


Photo and caption by Eric Gomes

Although recognized as indigenous by the brazilian government in 1940's, they aren't owners of their traditional lands. Living with no legal guarantees of ownership, they survive by farming and ranching family in the semi-arid region of Pernambuco state, Brazil. Today, they are in the biggest period of drought in the last 30 years and live almost exclusively on government assistance. Meanwhile, the Brazilian National Congress, composed by many landowners and evangelicals, wants to change the Constitution and take to himself the power of demarcation, currently exercised by the Government.

Location: Carnaubeira da Penha City, Pernambuco state


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