Tiriyó people

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Tiriyó (Trio)
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Two Tiriyó Indians
Total population
~2000 (in 2005)
Regions with significant populations
South America
(Brazil, Suriname)
Languages
Tiriyó language
Religion
traditional, Christian (Catholic in Brazil, Protestant in Surinam)

The Tiriyó (also known as Trio) usually call themselves tarëno, etymologically 'people from here, local people'. They are approximately 2,000 (in 2005) and live in several major villages and a number of minor villages in the border zone between Brazil and Suriname. They speak the Tiriyó language, a member of the Cariban language family.

About 30% are Christians, while 70% follow indigenous religions.[1]

Communities[edit]

Brazil[edit]

Western Paru River
Marapi River
Eastern Paru River

Suriname[edit]

Tapanahoni River
Sipaliwini River

References[edit]