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Matsés Indian warrior illustrating body painting with annatto ("achiote") and jaguar tooth necklace.  When this man was young, he was indeed a fierce warrior involved in defending the Matsés people from outsiders and integrating outside women into the Matsés tribe.  The markings on his palm leaf headdress indicates that he is a member of the Jaguar Clan.  All Matsés children are taught the Matsés dialect as their first language.  This is very important to their cultural integrity.  Many anthropologist believe that one of the keys to cultural survival is to maintain their indigenous language.  Matsés youths are currently receiving a bilingual education in their schools, thus helping to preserve their indigenous Amazonian culture. 


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