Foto: Beto Ricardo, 1999


  • Autodenominação
    Ipatse ótomo, Ahukugi ótomo, Lahatuá ótomo
  • Where they are How many

    MT653 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family



Kuikuro villages are similar to all upper Xingu villages. The organization of the villages, their circular layout with a central patio and the regional pattern of village distribution are further aspects of upper Xingu culture that reveal its continuity from earliest times to the present.

The circular villages with a central patio are laid out in accordance with precise principles and orientation that provide an understanding of the political and social organization of Xingu society. The patios and radial paths (similar to the main trails of pre-historic villages) that leave the patio are aligned with the points of the compass (north-south, east-west) and with important elements of the local landscape such as other communities, ports and bridges. This layout reveals not only the integration of multiple villages across the territory but also a sophisticated understanding of architectonic design, astronomy and geometry.

Kuikuro houses, like all those of the upper Xingu, are large oval-shaped longhouses (malocas). Their structure and construction reveal an extremely complex level of architectonic understanding.