Foto: Antônio Carlos Moura, s/d

Tapirapé

  • Other names
    Apyãwa
  • Where they are How many

    MT, TO655 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

The  Tapirapé are a Tupi-Guarani people who inhabit the region of the  Urubu Branco mountain range in Mato Grosso.  As a result of contact with the advancing development fronts from the mid- 20th century, they suffered an intense loss of population, and during this time they became close to the Karajá groups, formerly their enemies. After their traditional territory was occupied by cattle ranches, in the 1990s they managed to get official recognition of two indigenous areas, one of them in co-habitation with the Karajá. But in the Urubu Branco indigenous area they still face  problems over land, because of invasions by farmers and prospectors.