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The weapons of the Camadas are bow and arrow; The arrow is only poisoned with the extract of a vine when used in war. The bows are made of the dark wood of a large legume, the parauna, measuring seven to eight feet long and having a longitudinal groove in the front; The four-foot arrows are, as is common among the Indian tribes, provided with single-pointed or jagged ends in various ways, depending on their intended purpose, thick or small, or war arrows. To hunt birds, they also use an arrow with five or six divergent, twisted ends. A well-polished redwood stick is sometimes given spontaneously to the chief as a baton of command for war.
   
 Since 1806, when Colonel Joao Goncalves da Costa succeeded in pacifying them, these Indians have been regarded as friends of the Portuguese, and the mortal hatred that reigns between them and the cannibal tribes of these regions, the Patachos (cutachos) and the Botocudos, brings them closer to the

Botocudos

Portuguese, although they are equal in suspicion and shyness to the other savages. We did not notice among these tribes any distinction that distinguishes them from their neighbors except their way of sleeping. They do not lie in hammocks, but on a wooden railing, which they cover with dried leaves and animal skins. This habit seems to me to indicate that the Camacas formerly did not live in the woods, but in the fields, since this custom is also found in other regions of Brazil, such as in the provinces of Pernambuco and Para, among the so-called indigenous peasants. This kind of bed is dictated by the colder climates of this region, as otherwise hammocks are used, due to the humidity of the forests. Male Camadas reach puberty at the age of fifteen or sixteen, but only later take women, whom they watch with the strictest jealousy, and punish barbarously in the case of marital infidelity. Presenting several suitors to a bride, the question is decided by trial, overcoming the one who can run the greatest distance, carrying a wooden torus of eight to nine arrobas, a custom they have in common with the Kayaks, whom they are very much resemble in other customs.

Women, under the usual customs, give birth easily, conceal the vestiges of childbirth in the sand, and when birth is done, they immediately return to their domestic services. They breastfeed their child until the third or fourth year. These Indians bury the corpses of children, indistinctly anywhere, but those of adults are buried in the woods and sometimes shrunk. The tomb is covered with a mound of palm leaves, and above it the Indians from time to time put on pieces of fresh meat. If this

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