American Pictures/ Bill Leimbach
Mato Grosso state, Xingú River: These Txukahamai children have their bodies
decorated with a red paste made from seeds of the urucum- Bixa orellana.
The black is a another paste made from charcoal sometimes with designs coloured
by dye from the genipap/jenipap Genipa americana. Bixa
americana, is an evergreen bush up to 10m high and the dye from the seeds
has other names such as achiote and annatto/anatto, roucou .