Foto: Daniel Schoepf, 1972

Wayana

  • Autodenominação
    Wayana
  • Where they are How many

    PA329 (Siasi/Sesai, 2014)
    Guiana Francesa800 (Lopes, 2002)
    Suriname500 (Lopes, 2002)
  • Linguistic family
    Karib

Introduction

The Aparai and the Wayana are peoples of the Karib language family who inhabit the frontier region between Brazil (East Paru River, state of Pará), Surinam (Tapanahoni and Paloemeu rivers) and French Guiana (upper Maroni River and its tributaries the Tampok and Marouini). In Brazil, they have lived together for at least a hundred years, in the same villages and marrying amongst themselves. Consequently, very often one finds references to this population as a single group, although their internal differences may be claimed on the basis of distinct historical trajectories and cultural traits.