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Brazil tribe honors anthropologist 15 years after his death

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Yawalapiti men play bamboo flutes during the celebration of this year's 'quarup,' a ritual held over several days to honor in death a person of great importance to them, in the Xingu National Park, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on August 14, 2012.

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A Yawalapiti man, right, greets a man from another tribe who arrived to attend the 'quarup,' on August 19, 2012.

Reuters photographer Ueslei Marcelino documented the Yawalapiti tribe from Brazil's Xingu National Park taking part in their quarup ritual earlier this month. The ritual is held over several days to honor in death a person of great importance to the tribe. 

This year the tribe honored two people — a Yawalapiti Indian who they consider a great leader, and Darcy Ribeiro, a well-known author, anthropologist and politician. Ribeiro, who was known for focusing on the relationship between native peoples and education and founded the nation's Indian Museum in 1953, died in 1997. 

Read more about the Yawalapiti at the Indigenous Peoples in Brazil website.

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Yawalapiti men carry tree trunks that will represent distinguished people who have recently died, during the 'quarup' on August 18, 2012.

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Yawalapiti people observe events at the 'quarup' on August 18, 2012.

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Yawalapiti men wrestle as part of the 'quarup' events on August 19, 2012.

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Yawalapiti men use digital cameras to record a moment during the 'quarup' on August 15, 2012.

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A view of the Yawalapiti village at night on August 12, 2012.