Foto: Hein van der Voort, 2001

Djeoromitxí

  • Other names
    Jaboti
  • Where they are How many

    RO215 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Jabuti

Introduction

The Djeoromitxí represent an indigenous tribe that traditionally lived in the south of Rondônia. The language of the Djeoromitxí and their neighbours the Arikapú are closely related, and probably form a branch of the wider Macro-Jê language family. First contact between the Djeoromitxí peoples and Westerners probably occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. According to their own oral history, the Djeoromitxí lived on the uppermost headwaters of the Rio Branco. In addition to the Arikapú, their traditional neighbours were the Tupí-speaking Makuráp, Wayurú and Aruá. The neighbouring Tuparí used to represent enemies. Like most groups of southern Rondônia, they may each have numbered several thousand individuals. After contact with Westerners, the Djeoromitxí were decimated and displaced. Nowadays, the remaining Djeoromitxí live mainly in the Terra Indígena Rio Branco and the Terra Indígena Rio Guaporé.