Kalapalo in Brazil

Joshua Project has identified the Kalapalo only in Brazil






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

A hush fell over a Kalapalo family as each person simultaneously looked to the darkening sky for "The Shadow." This shadow was the spirit of their deceased patriarch, coming to visit his grieving family for the last time before he traveled east (in the direction of the sunrise) to forever live in the village of the dead.

These completely unreached people are prime for missionaries to bring the gospel for two reasons. First, God has uniquely prepared this people to receive the Messiah through their own indigenous folklore, which includes a creator of all things (Kwatini), and a female savior figure from whom all men originally came (Sakefenu). In addition, they believe that upon death, all men travel to an eternal village in the sky where the sun rises. God has already placed eternity in their hearts, and missionaries can introduce Kwatini and Sakefenu to them as God the Father, and Jesus Christ, the firstborn of all Creation.

Secondly, through no effort of their own, the Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil live in a national reserve that is protected on all sides and has been completely isolated from the Brazilian social and economic influences that reach almost every other tribe. Thus, their culture is undisturbed by the outside world and surrounding tribes, which gives missionaries a clean slate to start introducing the gospel.

Prayer Points

Pray for God to raise up a team to bring the gospel to this truly unreached people group.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-05-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-23
People Name General Kalapalo
People Name in Country Kalapalo
Population in Brazil 600
World Population 600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Apalakiri, Calapalo
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Amazon
People Name General Kalapalo
Ethnic Code MIR39c
People ID 18923
Country Brazil
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mato Grosso, Xingú Park, 3 villages along Culuene River.   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)
Kuikuro-Kalapalo (600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kuikuro-Kalapalo 600
For Primary Language: Kuikuro-Kalapalo

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Jesus Film: view in Kuikuro-Kalapalo Film / Video
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
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
0.0 %
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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