Foto: Luciene Pohl, 1998

Banawá

  • Other names
  • Where they are How many

    AM207 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Arawá

Introduction

The Banawá constitute one of the least known indigenous groups in Brazil. Inhabitants of the region between the Juruá and Purus rivers, they are very close to their neighbours, the Jamamadi, with whom they share many cultural traits and indeed speak dialects of the same language. Contact between the Banawá and sectors of national society also took place through the mediation of the Jamamadi. Their territory was invaded in the final decades of the 19th century, during the rubber boom in Amazonia, but it was only in the 1990s that the State finally recognized their land rights. Even so they still face invasions from loggers and rubber companies even today.