Zoe in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Zoe only in Brazil

Population

150

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Indians by the Cuminapanema river in Brazil call themselves by the name of Zoe. They are also called Bure, Porturu and Porturujara. They speak one language and it is from Tupi-Guarani, related to the Tupi.

The Zoe had contact with Protestant missionaries and Funai woodsmen. In 1975 people from the IDESP agency found a village with three large huts. The team flew above the village and arrows were fired at the plane. They found another three villages and told the Funai who put woodsmen in the region to work.

In 1982, Evangelical missionaries from the Missao Novas Tribos do Brasil (New Tribes Mission of Brazil) contacted the Zoe. The contact was uneasy and a few gifts were given. Later in the 1980s they made occasional contacts with the Indians who were said to be restless and withdrawn. In 1987 contact was made and the missionaries offered gifts but were fired at with arrows. The Funai were told about it and they prevented the missionaries from living in the villages. In 1989 the Funai found that the health of the Indians was not too good and they told the missionaries to leave and then took control of the region.

The Zoe appear to keep away from local neighbors who they regard as enemies. Travelling conditions are difficult. The region is quite preserved.

It was decided that the Zoe could have contact with other people according to their own terms. The Zoe decided they want relations with the white people and are curious about the world around them. They also want to meet other Indians.

The Zoe have an autonomous economic and political social structure of the local group. They have huts for houses with one family or two units in different places in the hut and having their own hearth. They are involved in agriculture and they hunt and fish.

The fields are reused every year and cassava and other products get replanted. Hunting and fishing causes families to go well away from their villages and to stay to where they go to for many weeks, having plenty to hunt and fish and using flour. The women use ceramics and woven materials for the usage of cassava.

The Zoe love Brazil nuts. Besides being used for food, the nut shells are made into bracelets and hammocks are made from the fiber of the shells.

The Zoe men may have more than one wife and the Zoe women may have more than one husband. Though the advice of men called Yu is particularly taken notice of in certain matters, everyone is equal amongst the Zoe.


Prayer Points

* Pray that when they go to the cities they will meet Christians who will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that people from the Yu become Christians and lead other members of the Zoe tribe to salvation.

References

www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/zoe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoe_(tribe)


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Zoe
People Name in Country Zoe
Population in Brazil 150
World Population 200
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Poturu, Zo'e
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Guarani
People Name General Zoe
Ethnic Code MIR39e
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Pará, Obidos Municipality, Cuminapanema River
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zo'e (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Zo'e 200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
None reported  
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-29

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source: Angelo Bonelli  
Map Source: Joshua Project  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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