The Xavante live in the rolling hills of Mato Grosso, in central Brazil. Their society is based on a system of age sets: the men are divided into groups comprising all those of a similar age. Each group spends five years in each category. The youngest set is the bachelors, the second youngest the warriors. Over the next 30 years, the men pass through six “mature” stages, moving up every five years as a new group
of bachelors is initiated in the wai’a. Once they have passed through all eight sets, the men move back and are “twinned” with the youngest group. The black and red faces represent the duality in nature, the opposing forces. Red is the pure or ‘tamed’ force, black—the dark or ‘untamed’ force.
Mato Grosso, Brazil
Museo Silver Rag (Color Digital Print)
Dimesion: 10.805” x 16”