Foto: Vincent Carelli, 1980

Tembé

  • Autodenominação
    Tenetehara
  • Where they are How many

    AM, PA1.502 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

The history of the Tembé is marked by intense contact with the regional population. In the past few years, in spite of the homologation of their lands, they have been forced to live alongside hundreds of 'posseiro' (illegal farmers) families and to suffer the predatory effects of the irregular actions of logging companies, large landowners and businessmen. However, far from accepting such situation, the Tembé have been struggling for the removal of illegal occupants from their territories and demanding their rights to public organ and local powers.