Foto: Luiz Costa, 2004

Kanamari

  • Other names
    Canamari, Tukuna
  • Where they are How many

    AM4.002 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Katukina

Introduction

The Kanamari call themselves tukuna, a term which means ‘people’ and which they extend to all other Katukinan-speaking Amerindians. In spite of the turmoils which the twentieth century brought them, in particular the increasing and violent presence of non-Amerindians, the Kanamari nonetheless managed to maintain their language, an extensive mythological tradition and their rich ritual complex.