Foto: Fabíola Silva, 1998

Asurini do Xingu

  • Autodenominação
    Awaete
  • Where they are How many

    PA182 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

After contact with Brazilian society in 1971, the Asurini of the Xingu – so-called by the attraction expeditions – suffered a drastic population loss. Yet, the imminent danger of their physical extinction always stood in contrast with an extreme cultural vitality, manifest in the performance of complex rituals, the practice of shamanism, and an elaborate system of graphic art.