Shaman Pankará

Category: People


Photo and caption by Eric Gomes

The Pankará people lives in the city of Carnaubeira da Penha, with 80% of the city population in the range of poverty. The Pankará were the first indigenous people to be recognized by the Brazilian government in the 1940s, but the process that gives the right to use their traditional territory has not yet been finalized. This Pajé, 80 years old, lights his pipe as part of religious ritual with Jurema (drink made with the root of a plant of the region)

Location: Carnaubeira da Penha city, semi arid of Pernambuco state in Brazil.


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