Arawete in Brazil

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People Name: Arawete
Country: Brazil
10/40 Window: No
Population: 500
World Population: 500
Primary Language: Arawete
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 80.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Guarani
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Arawete people have been on the run throughout their history. They ran from Catholic missionaries during colonial times, and later from the KayapĆ³-Xikrin tribe. They had their first contact with white people in the 1960s when poachers were hunting big cats on their land. They were able to get metal tools from these outsiders, so at that time things were fine. The 1970s were more problematic. The Trans-Amazonian Highway was being constructed, and it cut through the Arawete homeland. They began to get diseases from contact with outsiders. They were attacked by another tribe. In a vain attempt to protect them, FUNAI had them move out of the area through the thick jungle resulting in 30 deaths. In 1978 they established a new home, but it was invaded by gold miners and loggers. ). Though they were nearly extinct in the 1980s, their population is now growing.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They now live in one village where they grow maize (corn).

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most are officially Christian, the Arawete revere their ancestors alongside Christian practices.

What Are Their Needs?

The Arawete need protection from outsiders. This tribe is highly vulnerable.

Prayer Points

Pray for a Christ-centered theology among the Arawete people.
Pray for Arawete disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for the Lord to reveal himself to their elders through dreams and visions.

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