Foto: Lucia Mindlin Loeb, 1991

Tupari

  • Other names
  • Where they are How many

    RO517 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupari

Introduction

In their initial contacts with non-Indians during the first decades of the 20th century, the Tupari called the new arrivals Tarüpa, ‘bad spirits,’ due to the diseases and other adversities they brought. Like other indigenous peoples of Rondônia, the Tupari’s history of contact was primarily marked by their exploitation and the expropriation of their lands by rubber bosses, and after the 1980s by loggers and mineral prospectors. Over recent years the Tupari have striven to reverse this situation and, working alongside other peoples of the region, are now fighting to prevent the installation of hydroelectric dams on the Branco river.