Deep in the Amazon lives the world's most endangered tribe, an ancient group who trudge through the forests of eastern Brazil carrying everything they own - their children, their weapons and their pets. They have been pushed to the brink of extinction by European colonists who enslaved them and ranchers who stole the land they need to survive. And yet, they live in complete harmony with their jungle home. Most Awa families adopt several wild animals as pets and remarkably, the women breastfeed them until they are fully grown. These people are so close to being wiped out forever, that they are kept safe, away from the modern world. As a result, very few people have ever met the Awa. Photographer Domenico Pugliese is one of those lucky enough to spend time with this remarkable tribe - and even became a source of amusement for them.
The Awa tribe lives deep in the Amazon in such perfect harmony with their jungle home that they even breast feed the animals.
The tribe's children grow up with animals by their sides, as most Awa people adopt several wild creatures as family pets.
Few people have made contact with the Awa tribe after the colonists had brought the tribe to the brink of extinction.
Family is all important to the Awa, and it is not confined to humans.
The animals help them with everyday tasks such as cracking nuts, gathering fruit from high trees and even watching over them while they sleep,
There are only 400 or so remaining today. Around 60 of them have never had any contact with the outside world.
Almost all of them were wiped out by diseases including smallpox, measles and flu imported by the colonists. Those who survived were enslaved and put to work on rubber and sugar cane plantations.
A young boy with one of his family's adopted pets, which even once returned to the wild are still considered a member of the tribe.
Despite being so in harmony with nature, they have to struggle with the fires that swarm over the Amazon forests. These fires are thought to have been caused by farm owners who want to convert the land into a field.
In 1835, after centuries of oppression, the tribes of Maranhao rose up against their European rulers in a five year revolt that ended in the mass extermination of around 100,000 indigenous people throughout the state.
The primates are an important source of food to the Awa but once a baby has been brought into the family and breast fed, they will never eat it.
A tribe member poses for a photographer from Survival International, which has campaigned for the protection of the group.
Outsiders can easily destroy the delicate balance of the tribe, even with seemingly harmless gifts such as t-shirts.
A woman with a child while bathing in a river in the middle of the forest, which is slowly being eradicated by fire and farming.