The Guarani were one of the first indigenous peoples that the Europeans came into contact after arriving in South America over 500 years ago. In present day Brasil, there are roughly 46,000 Guarani spread out in seven states. The M’byá is one of the three main group of native Guarani Indians numbering around 6,000.
The two photos shown above belong to a series of photographs that document the small population of M’byá indians living in the outer limits of São Paulo. This series will be part of this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival exhibition in Toronto.