Foto: Gunter Kroemer, 1984

Zuruahã

  • Other names
    Suruwahá, Índios do Coxodoá
  • Where they are How many

    AM142 (Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family
    Arawá

Introduction

Living far from the main navigation routes on the middle Purus river, the Zuruahã maintained their cautious isolation until the end of the 1970s, when they were located by missionaries from the Prelacy of Lábrea, alerted to their existence by the reports of conflicts with sorveiros (latex extractors) who invaded the indigenous territory. A marked feature of this group is the high rate of suicide, intensely linked to their cosmological system and the territorial pressures seen over the last few decades (see chapter "Cosmology and suicide")