Foto: Padre Manuel Bonfim da Conceição, final dos anos 1990

Pankaru

  • Other names
    Pankararu-Salambaia
  • Where they are How many

    BA108 (Siasi/Funasa, 2010)
  • Linguistic family

Introduction

Like many other groups in the Northeastern region of Brazil, the Pankaru had their indigenous identity recognized by the state, as well as the ratification of their lands only in the beginning of the 1990s. Their historical trajectory has been marked by a series of land conflicts with land-jumpers and squatters, which have still not been totally settled. Besides a history of marginalization and oppression by the non-indigenous society, the Pankaru share in common with the other so-called “emergent” indigenous groups, the ritual secret of the "Toré", a mark of cultural identity and resistance.