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Yanomami Tribe

  • 13 Apr 2020
  • 1 min read

Why in News

  • Recently, a Yanomami indigenous boy died in Brazil after contracting Covid-19, raising fears for the Amazon tribes.

Key Points

  • Brazil is home to an estimated 8,00,000 indigenous people from more than 300 ethnic groups.
  • Guarani, Kaingang, Pataxó Hã Hã Hãe Tupinambá, Yanomami, Tikuna and Akuntsu are popular tribe of Amazon.
  • Yanomami Tribe
    • Yanomami, also called South American Indians, live in the remote forest of the Orinoco River basin in southern Venezuela and the northernmost reaches of the Amazon River basin in northern Brazil.
    • They numbered around 27,000 individuals throughout their range.
    • Yanomami live in small, scattered, semi permanent villages and speak the Xirianá language.
    • They practice hunting and slash-and-burn agriculture.
  • It can be noted that recently, a Brazilian indigenous leader Davi Kopenawa who secured the land rights of the Yanomami people was awarded the Right Livelihood Award-2019, also known as Sweden's alternative Nobel Prize.

Source: TH

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