Foto: Valter Campanato/ABr, 2007.

Pataxó

  • Other names
    Patachó, Patashó, Pataso
  • Where they are How many

    BA,MG12.326 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Pataxó

Introduction

The Pataxó people live in several villages in the southern part of the state of Bahia and northern of the state of Minas Gerais. There is evidence that the village of Barra Velha has existed for nearly two and a half centuries, since 1767 (see History). Tracing a history of contact with non-indigenous people that goes back to the sixteenth century and often forced to hide their customs, nowadays the Pataxó strive to enliven their language - the Patxohã - and rituals "of the ancient", like the Awê.