Foto: Marcos Mendes, 1995

Akuntsu

  • Other names
    Akunt'su
  • Where they are How many

    RO5 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupari

Introduction

The last six survivors of the people known to outsiders as the ‘Akuntsu’ live in two small malocas set close to one another in the forests of the Omerê river, an affluent of the left bank of the Corumbiara in the southeast of Rondônia state. The area comprises a small reserve of forest previously belonging to a private farm interdicted by Funai at the end of the 1980s. The region comprises terra firme equatorial forest with quite a few small hills and a few springs. Like the other forest reserves of Rondônia, the territory is seriously under threat from crop farming and cattle ranching.