Foto: Léo Martins, década de 80.

Kiriri

  • Other names
    Kariri
  • Where they are How many

    BA2.182 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family

Introduction

Kiriri is a Tupi Word that means “silent”, “taciturn” people. This name is supposed to have been given by the Tupi of the coast to the Indians who inhabited the backlands. The Kiriri people provide a model of struggle for the other indigenous peoples located in the Northeast region of the country. Within fifteen years, they built up a political structure and, at the end of the 1990s, they were responsible for the removal of around 1,200 non-Indian squatters from Kiriri Indigenous Land which has been homologated since 1990.