Matis in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Matis only in Brazil






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Matis are the most exotic tribe in the world, but because they have been exploited by outsiders, the Brazilian government no longer permits visitors to go to the villages of Aurelio and Beija Flor. However, I could arrange for you to meet some of their leaders outside of Brazil's Indigenous Reserve. They enjoy telling people about their culture." Dr. Dan Panteous, a friend and researcher of the Matis Indians, was sharing this information with interested visitors.

Life for the 300 Matis people of Brazil has seen little change over hundreds of years. They live in primitive shelters, and most of their food is obtained through hunting game, such as monkeys that they kill with blowguns. Fishing and some agricultural foods supplement their diet. Ritual ceremonies are a major part of their lives. Preparations for the rituals involve painting bright pigments on their unclothed bodies, wearing masks and sometimes covering their bodies with clay. During the "Marvin" ceremony, they dance and carry sticks that they use to discipline children and others that have misbehaved.

The Matis people have serious physical problems, especially hepatitis, which has diminished their population. Although the government has made attempts to help them, the greatest contributions towards upgrading their health care and standard of living have been from Christian sources that provide water filters. The Matis do not know their Savior or the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will send well-equipped servants to them with water filters and the Water of Life.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-05-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-22
People Name General Matis
People Name in Country Matis
Population in Brazil 400
World Population 400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Deshan Mikitbo, Mushabo
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Amazon
People Name General Matis
Ethnic Code MIR39d
People ID 18847
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Amazonas, Javari Valley, Municipality of Atalaia do Norte, on the border with Peru.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Ethnolinguistic map from University of Texas or other map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Matis (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Matis 400

For Main Lanugage: Matis

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
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 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source: Breanne Johnson  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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