Foto: Egon Heck, 1982

Deni

  • Autodenominação
    Jamamadi
  • Where they are How many

    AM1.610 (Cimi-Tefé, 2015)
  • Linguistic family
    Arawá

Introduction

The Deni are among the indigenous groups of the region of the Juruá and Purus rivers who, in the 1940s, suffered the impacts of the second rubber boom, which attracted thousands of migrants. With these, there came sicknesses, violent territorial disputes and exploitation of indigenous labor. Since then, the Deni had to wait decades until they got their territorial rights guaranteed, and even then only after a campaign for the demarcation of their lands, supported by several NGOs, which succeeded in getting official demarcation, but which was only completed in August, 2003. Even then, they confronted the problems resulting from recurrent invasions for clandestine activities such as fishing and timber extraction.