Last week I visited an indigenous tribe along with a group of doctors. This has to have been one of the most incredible experiences of my life and I feel exceptionally lucky to have been invited to take part.
The group of 17 Brazilian GPs went along to learn about the health needs of the ‘Xukuru’ people and what they might be able to do to improve the health of indigenous people in Brazil.
We were painted up by the indians and got to participate in some of the local rituals, an enormous privilege!
Our visit was timed to coincide with a large annual meeting of the Xukuru people. This annual meeting commemorates the death of a leader, ‘Chicão’, who was particularly successful in uniting their community and fighting for their rights, but was assassinated in 1998. The meeting is also a chance for them to celebrate their culture and hold discussions about what they…
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