Amazonas yanomami

Venezuela - Yanomami, forest aesthetes
Photos: Davide Scagliola
These images gather some testimonies of the extraordinary sign culture which still rules the complex tribal society of the Yanomami Indians. Today the communities are semi-nomadic and frequently controlled and protected by missions and research institutes. They still have, however, an extreme appearance. Every comma which appears on their backs, every smudge, circle or ochre serpent which adorns their bodies has a precise significance. Red and brown are colours representing joy and friendship. Black and dark shades mean war. White demonstrates the wish for peace. In this way we enter into the world of the ekurà, the forest spirits.
Amazonas yanomami
International photojournalism