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The Kīsêdjê are the only group of the Gê language family living in the Xingu Indigenous Park in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The Kīsêdjê live in circular villages, in houses constructed around a large open area where one or two "men’s houses" are located, one in the east and the other in the west. Many features of Kīsêdjê social organization and ritual life were modified after the attack on their village by the Juruna and their rubber tapper allies. Population loss, intense contact with the tribes of the Upper Xingu, and the death of a large number of the older men shortly after “pacification" resulted in profound modifications in Kīsêdjê social life.

Living in one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, the Kīsêdjê face widespread land grabs and deforestation threatening their culture, customs and livelihood. The borders of the protected areas in the Xingu river basin are on the frontline of deforestation. In 2019, more than 92 thousand hectares of forest have been cut down in the region.


Dayak Iban

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A’I Cofán

The A'i Cofan number approximately 2,100 and control most of the Cofan Bermejo rainforest, an area of approximately 4,000 km² northeast Ecuador. Living between the Guamués and the Aguaricó River, the A'i Cofan fight back against small-scale gold-miners and new, large-scale concessions invading their forest land.

Today, the tribe represent the last remnants of one of the most knowledgeable and rich cultures that ever emerged from the Amazon basin. With centuries of slowly developed wisdom, they hold the keys to an incredible body of information concerning the preservation of nature and the everyday rhythms of the Amazonian rainforest.

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