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Kapayo Indian Women

Kapayo Indian Women 

Female Body Painting

Generally, Kapayo Indian women and girls have their heads shaven on top. The Kapayo tribe is also known as the Xikrin and Txhukahamai, but their auto-denomination is "Mebêngôkre." The Kapayos speak a language in the Macro-Ge language family and are related to the Suya and Xavante tribes. Formerly they were hunter-gatherers and considered by many to be very aggressive, attacking other tribes, burning their villages, and kidnapping women that were assimilated into their tribe. Kapayo women and girls are known for their beautiful female body painting, incorporating intricate geometric designs. 


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