The Kadiweus - Brazil


At the end of the 16th century, the Kadiweu Indians used to dominate the valley of the Bodoquena, in the centre west of Brazil. Having captured many of the wild horses abandoned by the Spanish, they became excellent horsemen.

Today, Thomas and his nephew Nelson, two authentic Kadiweus, perpetuate their ancestors’ culture. Thomas works as a "campeiro", the Brazilian equivalent to a cowboy. Campeiros are seasonal workers, hired for given periods of time.

Nelson is 14 years old and wishes to become a campeiro. But years of apprenticeship are needed to deserve such a title. Hence, for his first professional experience, he is only a "tropeiro", meaning the person in charge of horses. This function is the first step every young aspirant to the profession of campeiro has to go through.