Foto: Vincent Carelli, 1982

Karipuna do Amapá

  • Other names
  • Where they are How many

    AP2.421 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Creoulo

Introduction

The Karipuna form part of the complex of indigenous peoples of the lower Oiapoque river, where they are located within wide exchange networks that include Indian and non-Indian families in villages and nearby towns in Brazil and French Guiana. Despite comprising a society with fairly imprecise boundaries, rendered fluid and ill-defined by the continual exchanges, intermarriages and distributions between families, the Karipuna use the expression ‘our system’ to define a set of practices, knowledge and beliefs that they consider their own, encompassing both shamanic and Catholic cosmologies.