Foto: Vincent Carelli/ISA, 1981

Aikanã

  • Autodenominação
    Aikaná
  • Where they are How many

    RO328 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Aikaná

Introduction

The Indigenous Territory currently inhabited by the majority of the Aikanã does not correspond to their traditional territory. They were brought to the area by the government indigenist agency in 1970, along with another two indigenous peoples. Because of the low fertility of the soil, they gained their livelihood through rubber extraction, but today, largely due to the fall in the price of this product, they encounter serious difficulties in ensuring their own physical and cultural survival. Far from resigning themselves to this situation, the Aikanã are currently developing cultural revival projects and work to keep their language alive through bilingual school education.