Wayampi, Amapari in Brazil





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Amapari live in northern Brazil and are one of two groups of the Wyampi. The Amapari are proud of their language and identity. The Amapari live in an extended-family structure. The same term used for mother is also used for their mother's sisters. The society is patriarchal and matrilocal - meaning that families generally stay near their mother's family. Amapari generally marry within their tribal group to cross-cousins - this sometimes makes it difficult for young people to find potential spouses.

The Amapari are a friendly people open to developing new relationships with people whom they perceive to have a genuine interest in them. Daily sustenance is provided through hunting/gathering and farming. Staples of the diet include manioc, game, and crops they raise, such as corn. They live in thatched-roof houses which have no walls and may be one or two levels. Men generally wear loin cloths and women wear wrap-around skirts. Needs range from medical-care, agricultural training, cultural adjustment, and education as they adjust to increasing contact with the outside world. Scripture work has been made more difficult by the inability of expatriates to gain direct access to village areas. The New Testament has been available since 2003. The Jesus Film is also available in this language. Distribution of completed literature remains a concern.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Wayampi, Amapari
People Name in Country Wayampi, Amapari
Population in Brazil 600
World Population 1,600
Countries 2
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Oiampi, Oiampipuku, Oiapoque, Oyampi, Waiapi, Wajapi, Wayampi, Wayapi
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West central Amapá and northern Pará, tributaries of the upper Amapari River. 8 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Wayampi: Wayampi, Amapari (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wayampi: Wayampi, Amapari 600
For Primary Language: Wayampi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (2006)
New Testament Yes   (2003)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: New Testament in Wayampi Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Wayampi Film / Video
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
80.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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