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Araweté: the tragic history of a lesser-known Amazon tribe

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Eduardo Viveiros de Castro sought to understand the Araweté culture

The Araweté are a Tupi-Guarani hunter-gatherer tribe living in the solid ground forests of the Brazilian Amazon. About 35 years ago, the tribe migrated southeast from the head of the Bacajá River to the grand Xingu River, in the state of Pará. Their existence was unknown to the authorities until the early 1970s, and official contact was made with the National Indigenous Foundation (Funai) in 1976. At the time, the tribe sought refuge on the banks of the Xingu while fleeing from the Parakanã, another Tupi-Guarani group.

The name “Araweté,” invented by a civil servant...

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