The Arawete people have been on the run throughout their history. They ran from Catholic missionaries during colonial times, and later from the Kayapó-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.
They now live in one village where they grow maize (corn).
Though most are officially Christian, the Arawete revere their ancestors alongside Christian practices.
The Arawete need protection from outsiders. This tribe is highly vulnerable.
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.
Scripture Prayers for the Arawete in Brazil.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arawete|
|People Name in Country||Arawete|
|Alternate Names||Araueté; Bide|
|Population this Country||500|
|Population all Countries||500|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Pará state: near Altamira; near Xingu river. Source: Ethnologue 2016|