News of this people
Indígenas Parakanã implementam Plano de Gestão Territorial e Ambiental de Apyterewa
MPF/PA recomenda nomeação de coordenador para o Dsei Guamá-Tocantins
Indígenas da etnia Parakanã se reúnem com Ministério Público do Pará
Where they are How many PA 1.576 (Sesai/Programa Parakanã, 2014)
- Linguistic family
The Parakanã are traditional inhabitants of the interfluvial region of the Pacajá-Tocantins. They speak a Tupi-Guarani language from the same subset as Tapirapé, Avá (Canoeiro), Asurini and Tocantins-Surui, Guajajara and Tembé. Lacking canoes and being excellent hunters of large mammals, they are typical of Amerindians who live in the terra firme. They are slash-and-burn horticulturists who cultivate a small range of crops and their staple is bitter manioc. The Parakanã divided themselves into two large population blocs at the end of the 19th century, an Eastern and a Western one. The Eastern Parakanã were subjected to state administration during the construction of the Trans-Amazonian highway in 1971, while the Western Parakanã were contacted during a chain of episodes in different locations between 1976 and 1984.