foto: Edmundo Peggion, 1999

Jiahui

  • Autodenominação
    Kagwaniwa
  • Where they are How many

    AM97 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

The Jiahui are a people of the Tupi-Guarani language family, a subgroup of the Kagwahiva, who live in the region of the middle Madeira River, in the south of the State of Amazonas. Historical circumstances have caused the near extinction of the group. Their traditional lands have been occupied by ranchers and the Jiahui have come to live together with the Tenharim or in nearby cities. In the midst of conflicts, the process of regaining indigenous territory was begun in 1998, in which the Jiahui have sought to reorganize themselves in order to guarantee their physical and cultural survival.