Tembé people

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Tembé
Tenetehara
Total population
1,502 (2010)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Brazil (Amazonas, Pará)
Languages
Tembé[2]
Religion
traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
Guajajara[3]

The Tembé, also Timbé and Tenetehara, are an indigenous people of Brazil, living along the Maranhão and Gurupi Rivers,[2] in the state of Amazonas and Pará.[1] Their lands have been settled by illegal squatters, and the Tembé are working to expel the intruders from their territories.[1]

Name[edit]

The Tembé call themselves Tenetehara, which means "people," or more specifically the Tenetehara people, of which the Tembé are the western subgroup and the Guajarara are the eastern subgroup. "Tembé" is thought to come from a neighboring tribe's word, timbeb, which means "flat nose."[3]

Language[edit]

Tembé people speak the Tembé language, an Tupi-Guarani language. It is mutually intellible with the Guajajára language.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tembé: Introduction." Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Tembé." Ethnologue. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Tembé: Name." Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 2 Feb 2012.

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