Foto: Pedro Lolli, 2013.

Yuhupdeh

  • Autodenominação
    Yuhupdëh
  • Where they are How many

    AM754 (Silva:2010:3, 2010)
    Colombia250 (Mahecha et al. 2000: 195, 2000)
  • Linguistic family
    Makú

Introduction

Inhabitants of Northwest Amazonia, the Yuhupdeh are specialists in navigating forest trails, hunting techniques and manufacturing poisons. They are viewed as nomads, powerful sorcerers and denizens of the interfluvial spaces between the major rivers. They are known regionally as the Maku or Forest Indians, in contrast to the Tukano and Arawak, collectively known as River Indians. Despite this opposition, the Yuhupdeh form an integral part of the social system of Northwestern Amazonia. Like most of the region’s peoples, they hold the Dabucuri and Jurupari rituals and also share the two most widespread mythological cycles: the journey of the transformation canoe (yãh baah hóh) and the appearance of the Jurupari flutes (Ti’). Their more recent contact with the non-indigenous population means they have become renowned for still performing these rituals.