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In the late 20th century, immigrants encroached on Apinajé lands. Their lands divided when highways such as the Belém-Brasilia Highway and the Trans-Amazonian Highway. Part of their lands separated by the Trans-Amazonian Highway was taken from them and the tribe is working to regain it.
Apinajé woman farm subsistence gardens, while men fell trees and plant rice. Common crops include bananas, beans, broad beans, papayas, peanuts, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, watermelons, and yams. Apinajé families raise cattle, pigs, and chickens. Hunting and fishing supplement domestic foods. In the past, babaçu nuts were sold for cash.
- Uaica, hunter in Apinajé legend
- "Apinajé: Introduction." Archived May 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Povos Indígenas no Brasil. (retrieved 25 April 2011)
- "Apinayé: Aspects of Cosmology." Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Povos Indígenas no Brasil. (retrieved 25 April 2011)
- "Apinayé: Productive Activities." Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Povos Indígenas no Brasil. (retrieved 25 April 2011)
- "Apinayé." Ethnologue. (retrieved 25 April 2011)
- Apinajé artwork, National Museum of the American Indian
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