Foto: Oscar Calavia

Yaminawá

  • Other names
    Iaminaua, Jaminawa
  • Where they are How many

    Bolivia630 (1997)
    AC, AM1.298 (Funasa, 2010)
    Peru600 (INEI, 2007)
  • Linguistic family
    Pano

Introduction

The Yaminawá inhabit the center of the forest and the miserable outskirts of the cities: they represent the isolated “savage” or the “deculturated” Indian who begs on the streets. They incarnate the most dramatic contradictions of the imaginary and history of Amazônia. We can find the two versions of the Yaminawá on a single page of the Gazeta de Rio Branco [Rio Branco Gazette] (17/09/97): one article informs the reader of their presence in a slum of the capitol of Acre and another attributes to the "Yaminawá" a series of attacks which terrorized the inhabitants of a remote rubber camp.