Most tribal cultures have a tradition of body painting. This in the form of adornment, camouflage, intimidation or other elements. Tribals usually use clay, ochre and other natural pigments to paint their bodies. In India, Middle East and Africa, henna is used to create semi permanent patterns on different parts of the body.
In this film I made, you see a fragment of young men painting each others body's preparing for the Donga. [more information about the Donga is to found under Photography] Indigenous peoples of the Amazon have said that in this power to change ourselves, we demonstrate our humanity and set ourselves apart from the world of the animals.