Foto: Raïsa Miriam Nascimento Guerra, 1998

Torá

  • Other names
  • Where they are How many

    AM330 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
  • Linguistic family
    Txapakura

Introduction

The Torá, a people that lives today in the vicinity of the mouth of the Marmelos River, in the State of Amazonas, were given many denominations along history: Torá, Tora, Toré, Torerizes, Turá. Never, however, were in the documentation precise definitions of those names. Their language, which is believed to belong to the Txapakura family, was never studied. The Torá lost it and now speak just Portuguese. This is attributed to the fact that the Torá were victims of what was called in the 18th Century ‘punitive expeditions’. Because they fought against the invasion of their territory, they were harshly repressed and came close to extinction.