Foto: André Toral,1982

Karajá do Norte

  • Autodenominação
    Karajá do Norte
  • Where they are How many

    TO287 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family


The Karajá do Norte, better known as Xambioá, live in two villages on the right bank of the Araguaia River. They speak the same language of the Bananal Island Karajá and Javaé (only portuguese), but maintain a lot less contact with them than with the neighboring non-Indian population. Due to a sharp population decline and to frequent unions with regionals, the Karajá do Norte have gone through important cultural changes. However, there seems to exist a consensus among them as to the need to implement projects and initiatives designed at rescuing the more traditional aspects of their culture and affirming their ethnic identity.