Foto: Pedro Martinelli, 1973.

Panará

  • Other names
    Kreen-Akarore, Krenhakore, Krenakore, Índios Gigantes
  • Where they are How many

    MT, PA437 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family

Introduction

Despite the trauma of contact with Brazilian society in 1973, the white men’s diseases that almost decimated them, and twenty years of forced dislocation from their traditional lands of Peixoto de Azevedo River to the Parque Indígena do Xingu, the Panará have been able to recover their joy and desire to fight.  They are once again growing in numbers and proud of their way of life.  They were also able to take back part of their ancient traditional territory along the Iriri River (495,000 hectares of dense forest and headwaters, unspoiled by the white man) located on the border of Mato Grosso and Pará states.  Nowadays, they want to be known by their real name:  Panará.

 

[Extracted from Panará: a volta dos índios gigantes, book by  Ricardo Arnt, Lúcio Flávio Pinto, Raimundo Pinto and Pedro Martinelli. São Paulo: ISA, 1998]