Foto: Michel Pellanders, 1987

Arara

  • Autodenominação
    Ukaragma
  • Where they are How many

    PA363 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Karib

Introduction

The Arara became infamous for their bellicosity and the trophies they used to capture from the bodies of enemies - heads for flutes, tooth necklaces and face scalps. But for a long time too the ease with which they have interacted with the outside world, and even their incorporations of strangers into the native world, have called attention to other aspects of their way of life. The virtual overlap between their passion for warfare and their continual disposition for establishing supportive and generous relations seems to have been a feature of an Arara world that today has given way to contacts and relations with the non-indigenous world.