In the Midst
In the Midst

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Cacique Marcos Araujo sits at the center of the Torre ritual on All King's Day, Dec. 6.

Feet on the ground
Feet on the ground

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Diego Renan Araujo, 21, stands atop a ridge in the traditional dress of the Xukuru, a group of indigenous people in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil, Jan. 8, 2014. The photo title  refers to "one foot on the ground," a rallying cry of the indigenous rights movement that has been ongoing in Brazil since the late 80's.

Crossing the theshold
Crossing the theshold

PAO DE ASUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A child is led outside by a young man, Jan. 5, 2014. There are approximately 2,200 Xukuru families, roughly 12,000 people, living on their 27,555 hectares of ancestral land.

A shy smile
A shy smile

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Samira, a young Xukuru girl smiles at the camera from between a wooden fence that encloses the community's water reservoir, Jan. 5, 2014.

All King's Day
All King's Day

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - An elderly man stands at the base of the mountaintops where other Xukuru make their way down from the top, after a religious ceremony on All King's Day, Dec. 6. The ceremony that took place atop the mountain was open only to the Xukuru.

Wary
Wary

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A child watches suspiciously at the large market in downtown Pesquiera, where the Xukuru sell their wares, namely produce and milk, Jan. 8, 2014.

Cutting class
Cutting class

CANA BRAVA, P.E., Brazil - Devi, 13, stands in front of Escola Ororuba, a middle school in the Xukuru village of Carne Brava, Dec. 30, 2013.

Blue truck
Blue truck

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A young man leans against a truck, Jan. 5, 2014. 

Bar Do Papa
Bar Do Papa

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Cacique Marcos Araujo speaks to a friend over the phone in front of a local restaurant in Pesqueira, the Bar Do Papa, Jan. 1, 2014. Araujo survived an assassination attempt, Feb. 2003, not far from here. In the wake of the attack he is now escorted by bodyguards as he continues to speak out against government policies and private business practices that threaten the rights of Brazil's indigenous people.

Picturesque painting of a school
Picturesque painting of a school

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A man helps to paint the Xukuru high-school, Jan. 3, 2014.

Classic
Classic

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Marcelo and his family pose for a photo in their electric blue truck, looking more like an American pop or T.V. star out of the greaser era, than a member of Brazil's indigenous Xukuru population, Jan. 2, 2014.

The market
The market

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A child sits atop a fruit stand at the at the large market in downtown Pesquiera, where the Xukuru sell their wares, namely produce and milk, Jan. 8, 2014.

Watching
Watching

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Caique, a young Xukuru boy fixes the camera with a stern look, Jan. 5, 2014.

Those hands...
Those hands...

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - The hands of Antonio Feliciono, 89, sharpen a scythe outside of his home in the Xukuru village of Sant Ana, Jan. 2.

At home
At home

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Antonio Feliciono, 89, seeks the shade at his home in the Xukuru village of Sant Ana, Jan. 2.

Organic Farmer
Organic Farmer

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil -  Jose Xavier Da Silva, 58, takes a break from a day of hard, hot work in his organic corn fields and seeks the shade of his home in Sant Ana, Jan. 2.

A quiet moment
A quiet moment

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil -  Maria Feliciono Da Silva, 54, and husband Jose Xavier Da Silva, 58, sit together at their kitchen table, Jan. 2.

Hands
Hands

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil -  The hands of Jose Xavier Da Silva, 58, and wife Maria Feliciono Da Silva, 54, as they gather peppers from their garden, Jan. 2, 2014.

Back and forth
Back and forth

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Jose Ivanildo da Silva, carries sugar cane back to his goat pen, Jan. 4, 2014. The 36 year old Xukuru farmer spends much of his day running back and forth between his different crops which include: carrots, sweet potatoes, yuka, and passion fruit, the latter being his best seller.

Torre
Torre

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Xukuru men and women move in a circle around the peji - a small alter built in the shape of a house from straw and branches, during a spiritual celebration as part of Torre, their ancestral religion, Jan. 6, 2014.

Farm house
Farm house

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A lone chicken walks along the path toward a small white farm house, Jan. 3, 2014.

Fallen cross
Fallen cross

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A cross has fallen from its gravesite at the village cemetery, Jan. 5, 2014.

Gathering water
Gathering water

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Men gather water from the community's reserve, Jan.5, 2014

A somber scene
A somber scene

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil -  Gabriela Aquino, 8, sits by the graves of her stillborn younger brothers, Jan. 5, 2014.

Children, pups
Children, pups

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Three girls hold up three newborn puppies, Jan. 5, 2014.

Chores, helping hand
Chores, helping hand

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Gislaini helps her younger sister with an untied shoelace, while her siblings and mother make their way home, Jan. 5, 2014.

Wild 'north'
Wild 'north'

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Mauri Teodoro Guimaraes, 59, poses for a portrait while wearing a traditional hat of northern Brazil. The North is viewed by most Brazilians in the way American's view the wild West and carries with it similar cultural implications and myth.

Candid moment
Candid moment

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - A child pauses before a walkway which leads to the lake that the village rests upon, Jan. 5, 2014.

Taking a rest
Taking a rest

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - An older man takes a rest in the shade, Jan 5, 2014.

Fireside cowboy
Fireside cowboy

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A man takes comfort near a fire on a chilly New Years Eve, Dec. 30, 2013.

Evening mass
Evening mass

PAO DE ACUCAR, P.E., Brazil - Community members gather for evening mass at the village's church, Jan. 5, 2014. Although the ancestral religion of the Xukuru is Torre, there are still a number of Catholic churches within the community.

Hand in hand
Hand in hand

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Cacique Marcos Araujo holds hands Bemvinda Salu Striano da Silva, 84, as other Xukuru and members of the local community participate in the religious and cultural celebration around them.

Modern and Indigenous
Modern and Indigenous

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A young Xukuru woman participates in the All King's Day Celebration, Jan, 6, 2014.

Four generations
Four generations

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Four generations of Xukuru women stand together, beginning with the eldest, Bemvinda Salú Striano da Silva, 84, Elena Salú, 40, Ana Clara Salú, 5, and Jaci Elena Salú, 62.

Pajé
Pajé

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Pedro Rodriguez Bispo, 83, has been the Xukuru Pajé for 53 years, and serves as a spiritual adviser to the community and a source for guidance and counsel. 

Father and son
Father and son

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Yuri Mateus Araujo, 3, shares a moment with his father Marcos Araujo, 35, during All King's Day, Jan. 6, 2014.

The march
The march

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - An older man leads his fellow Xukuru a circle around the Peji - a small alter built in the shape of a house from straw and branches, during a spiritual celebration as part of Torre, their ancestral religion, Jan. 6, 2014.

Paying respects
Paying respects

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Children gather near the grave of Xicao Xukuru, the last chief who was assassinated on May 20, 1998.

Traditional garments
Traditional garments

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Fracisco de Assis wears a traditional headdress during All King's Day, Jan. 6, 2014.

Through the crowd
Through the crowd

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A young woman shops at the large market in downtown Pesquiera, where the Xukuru sell their wares, namely produce and milk, Jan. 8, 2014.

Water reservoir
Water reservoir

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - A young boy stops on his bicycle in front of the communities water reservoir, Jan. 8, 2014.

The Sacarema
The Sacarema

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Zenilda Araujo, 63, mother of Cacique Marcos Araujo, the current chief, and wife of the last chief, Xicao Xukuru is known as the Sacarema, meaning: mother of the people.

The next generation 1
The next generation 1

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - David Rian Araujo, 20, lights incense and walks slowly in a circle around the peji, before taking part in a Torre ritual, Jan. 8, 2014. Araujo is one of several of the community's youth who have become involved in the use of digital media and the study of journalism and communication as a way to preserve their people's culture and traditions, and is an example of how the modern and the traditional can make a compromise.

The next generation 2
The next generation 2

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - (right to left/front to back) Guilherme Araujo, 20, David Rian Araujo, 20, Kleber Henrique da Silva, 25 and Diego Renan Araujo, 21 perform a Torre ritual, Jan. 8, 2014. They are involved in the communities digital media program and have produced several short documentaries on their history and way of life.

The next generation 3
The next generation 3

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - Diego Renan Araujo, 21, poses in an open field for a photo wearing the traditional clothing and makeup of the Xukuru. Araujo is another of the community's youth who offer an answer to the question of how the modern can peacefully coincide with the traditional.

A clear message
A clear message

PESQUIERA, P.E., Brazil - In a simple, but unmistakable gesture Diego Renan Araujo, 21, sums up his feelings concerning the struggle for indigenous rights, Jan. 8, 2014.