Foto: André Ricardo, 2007

Kaiabi

  • Other names
    Kawaiwete, Kayabi, Caiabi, Kaiaby, Kajabi, Cajabi
  • Where they are How many

    MT2.202 (Siasi/Sesai, 2012)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

The Kaiabi have vigorously resisted the invasion of their lands by rubber companies since the end of the 19th Century. After the 1950s, the region of the Arinos, Peixes and Teles Pires rivers was divided up into glebes that became ranches and the Kaiabi were divided into three groups. Most moved to the Indigenous Park of the Xingu, where they are outstanding for their practice of a strong and diversified agriculture, their art which is characterized by complex graphic designs inspired by their mythology, and by their active participation in the indigenous movement organized in defense of the interests of the ethnic groups of the Park.