Foto: Lima Filho, 1998

Ofaié

  • Other names
    Ofaié-Xavante
  • Where they are How many

    MS60 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Ofayé

Introduction

Until the start of the 20th century the Ofaié were numbered in their thousands and inhabited the right shore of the Paraná river from the mouth of the Sucuriú to the headwaters of the Vacaria and Ivinhema. Living in small groups, they shifted location continually throughout this region. Their territory was occupied by cattle ranches and it was only in the 1990s, when just a few dozen survivors remained, that they managed to recover a small portion of their lands, still yet to be ratified by the Brazilian President.