02 January 2013 10:30 | By Matt Yelland, Picture Manager
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Ueslei Marcelino goes for a dip

A Yawalapiti boy dips his head into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park (© REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
  • A Yawalapiti boy dips his head into the Xingu River in the Xingu National Park (© REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)
  • Usain Bolt runs the bend in the 2012 Olympic 200m final (© REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini)
  • A woman pushes her Fiat 500 car as her dog sits inside, Rome (© REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)
  • Women, wearing nylon masks, rest on the shore during their visit to a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province (© REUTERS/Aly Song)
  • A man takes a photo as Space Shuttle Endeavour travels to the California Science Centre in Inglewood, Los Angeles (© REUTERS/Rick Loomis)
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter takes cover during clashes with Syrian Army in the Salaheddine neighbourhood of central Aleppo (© REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)
  • Paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry board a waiting CH-47 Chinook helicopter (© REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)
  • Delegates sit at the stage before the opening ceremony of 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (© REUTERS/Jason Lee)
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'I always thought the majority of Brazilian Indians had a strong desire to be integrated into urban society, watch TV, movies, drink cold water, and use cell phones. But, after coexisting with Yawalapiti Indians for a few days. I found out this wasn'€™t the case. I spent my first day in their village trying to become one more of their community, and understanding how they lived. I missed wonderful images because I knew I had to gain their confidence without the aggression of photographing. I earned the nickname of Banana, for the bunches of bananas that I carried with me to their village and gained the confidence of many children, who followed me wherever I went. They loved to play in the trees, and during the hottest time of the day they played in the nearby river.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, lens 24mm, f1.4, 1/4000, ISO 50

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