Ticuna people

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Ticuna people in Amazonas, Brazil, ca. 1865
Regions with significant populations
( Amazonas)
36,377 (2009)[1]
 Colombia 8,000 (2011)[1]
 Peru 6,982 (2007)[1]

The Ticuna (also Magüta, Tucuna, Tikuna, or Tukuna[2]) are an indigenous people of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. They are the most numerous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.[1]


Ticuna is a Brazilian tribe which faced violence from loggers, fishermen, and rubber-tappers entering their lands around the Solimões River. Four Ticuna people were murdered, 19 were wounded, and ten had disappeared in the 1988 Helmet Massacre. By the 1990s, Brazil formally recognized the Ticunas' right to their lands.[1]


Ticuna people speak the Ticuna language, which is a language isolate. It is written in the Latin script.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Ticuna: Introduction." Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 4 Feb 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Ticuna." Ethnologue. Retrieved 1 Feb 2012.

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