Map of traditional Kiriri territory
|Regions with significant populations|
|Brazil ( Ceará)|
|Portuguese, formerly Kariri|
The Chapada Diamantina has a dramatic landscape with high plains, table-top mesas, and steep cliffs or towers known as 'tepuy.' Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 19th century, the only local inhabitants of the region were indigenous Indians from the Maracas and Cariris tribes. In 1985, the Chapada Diamantina National Park was created with its headquarters in Palmeiras.
Kiriri people live in the Kiriri Indigenous Territory, an indigenous territory. Through their successful political organization, they were able to expel 1,200 non-native squatters from their lands since 1990.
- "Kiriri: Introduction." Povos Indígenas no Brasil. (retrieved 13 Aug 2011)