Foto: Tiago Moreira dos Santos, 2010.

Munduruku

  • Autodenominação
    Wuyjuyu
  • Where they are How many

    AM, MT, PA11.630 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Munduruku

Introduction

Historically a people with a warrior tradition, the Munduruku culturally dominated the region of the Valley of the Tapajós River, which, in the early times of contact and during the 19th Century was known as Mundurukânia. Today, the wars they wage are to guarantee the integrity of their territory, threatened by pressures from the illegal activities of gold-panning, hydroelectric projects, and the construction of a great waterway on the Tapajós.

Read the Munduruku Letter to the Government which outlines the history, ancestral places and knowledge they consider threatened by the construction os São Luiz do Tapajós dam.