Araweté children, 2005, photo by Avidd
|Regions with significant populations|
|traditional tribal religion|
They live on the Igarapé Ipixuna, a tributary of the Xingu River, near Altamira and have one large village, surrounded by llana forests. They lived on the Araweté/Igarapé Ipixuna Indigenous Land.
The tribe could be the remnant of the Pacajá people, who fled into the rainforests to avoid missionaries. In 1950, the Araweté lived at the headwaters of the Bacajá River, but were pushed out by newly arrived Kayapó-Xikrin. They moved to the Xingu River and displaced the Asurini. During the 1960s European-Brazilian hunters ventured into their territory. In 1975, the Parakanã moved into their lands forcing the Araweté to find more a secluded homeland.
The Trans-Amazonian Highway cut through the Xingu region in the early 1970s. Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI) found the Araweté in 1976, suffering from introduced diseases and clashes with the Parakanã. The government agency relocated the tribe in a march through the thick jungle, resulting in 30 deaths. In 1978 they settled on their current homeland, where they cope with incursions by gold miners and timber companies.