Foto: Edmundo A. Peggion, 1994

Tenharim

  • Autodenominação
    Kagwahiva
  • Where they are How many

    AM828 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Tupi-Guarani

Introduction

Tenharim is the name by which are known three indigenous groups who live today in the mid Madeira River, in the Southern portion of the State of Amazonas, that belong to a wider set of peoples that call themselves Kagwahiva. In addition to the same self-denomination, the Kagwahiva peoples speak the same language, which belongs to the Tupi-Guarani family, and organize themselves in a similar system of matrimonial halves identified bird names. Of the three Tenharim groups, the one on the Sepoti River has its recent origin traced back to that of the Marmelos River; the one of the Igarapé (small Amazon waterway) Preto does not have a known common origin with the others, but has been an old ally of them.