Foto: Jesco Von Puttkamer, 1972.

Cinta larga

  • Autodenominação
    Matetamãe
  • Where they are How many

    MT, RO1.758 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Mondé

Introduction

The name “Broad Belt" [Cinta Larga] or "Broad Big Belt” [ Cinturão Largo] had been used to refer to several groups who inhabit the region near the border between Rondônia and Mato Grosso, since all of these groups used some kind of belt and built large and long houses.

The main activity of this Tupi group is hunting, and festivals, when the game is consumed after a complex ritual, which symbolically equates hunting and warfare, thus revealing significant aspects of Cinta Larga society and guaranteeing the equilibrium of the group. This equilibrium in the last few years has been deeply upset by the presence of goldpanners on their lands.