Foto: Emanuele Amodio, 1981


  • Other names
    Wapixana, Wapishana
  • Where they are How many

    RR9.441 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
    Guiana6.000 (Forte, 1990)
    Venezuela37 (XIV Censo Nacional de Poblacion y Viviendas, 2011)
  • Linguistic family



As well as the valley of the Uraricoera river, the Wapishana have traditionally occupied the valley of the Tacutu along with the Macuxi, who also inhabited the upland region further to the east of Roraima. Currently the Wapishana population totals around 13,000 people, living in the interfluvial region between the Branco and Rupununi rivers on the frontier between Brazil and Guyana. They comprise the largest population of Arawak speakers in northern Amazonia.