Rio Omerê Indigenous Territory

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Coordinates: 12°50′S 61°06′W / 12.83°S 61.10°W / -12.83; -61.10

The Rio Omerê Indigenous Territory in Rondônia.

The Rio Omerê Indigenous Territory is an indigenous territory for isolated indigenous peoples in Rondônia, Brazil. The territory consists of 26,000 hectares of forest on the Omerê River[1] and is home to the Kanoê and Akuntsu tribes. Both tribes were the victims of severe massacres by cattle ranchers in the 1970s and 1980s.[2][3] As of 2011, the Akuntsu number just five individuals and the Rio Omerê Kanoê four.[1][2] The two tribes are separate peoples speaking mutually unintelligible languages, but are linked by marriage.[1] The reserve is also home to an unknown man who lives alone and is thought to be the last survivor of a different tribe.[4][5] Several loggers and cattle ranchers also remain in the territory despite attempts to eject them and continue to pose a threat to its indigenous inhabitants.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). "The Kanoê of the Omerê River > Kanoê". Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). "Introduction > Akuntsu". Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Instituto Socioambiental (ISA). "Introduction > Kanoê". Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Survival International (9 December 2009). "Last survivor of uncontacted Amazon tribe attacked". Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Strange, Hannah (11 December 2009). "'Man in the Hole', lone survivor of Amazon tribe massacre, escapes ranchers' bullets". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Adams, Guy (13 October 2009). "Decline of a tribe: and then there were five". The Independent. Retrieved 8 March 2011.