Indios de Colombia

Remarkably the book Indios de Colombia by G. Reiche-Dolmatoff shows an image of a little wooden ‘roller’ used to paint the body. One of the important elements learned during my project Indian Stories (São Paulo, 2012) is that painting the body is a spiritual and ritual act for many indigenous people in Brazil. Geometric patterns are painted on different parts of the body by using grass or a little stick as a brush. From an early age a mother paints her children and men paint each other in preparation for the hunt.