Foto: Vincent Carelli, 1980

Tembé

  • Autodenominação
    Tenetehara
  • Where they are How many

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

Name

tembe_1

The Tembé are the Western branch of the Tenetehara. The Eastern group is known as Guajajara. Their self-denomination is Tenetehara, which means people, Indians in general or, more specifically Tembé and Guajajara. Tembé, or its variant Timbé, is a name that was probably given to them by the regional population. According to linguist Max Boudin, timbeb could mean 'flat nose'.