"Water is important since there is no life without it. Our people cannot move away from our wetlands because our life is bound to water. We draw our food from water. In the water we maintain our homes, and we live without harming our environment," says one Guato man. They call themselves "people of the river." North American researchers call them "aquatic nomads."
Once considered extinct, the Guato Indians now number approximately 400. They live in the Pantanal Region of southwestern Brazil, the largest wetland area in the world, and one of the most pristine and biologically diverse areas on earth. Some of this region spills over into Paraguay and Bolivia.
In the past, they practically lived in their canoes. The women sat in back to steer, while the men hunted from the front of the canoe. During the dry season, from April to October, the Guatos sometimes even spent the night on the river in their canoes. Only during the rainy season do they move to a high, dry spot of land and erect temporary shelters.
Today, some of the Guato have menial jobs, while some of the men serve as guides for eco-tourists. About 20 percent consider themselves Catholic, and about 80 percent practice folk religion.
* Pray that the Lord would send hearty evangelical missionaries to live in the vast Pantanal Region.
* Pray that the Guato will come to know Christ, the true Living Water.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-05-21|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Widespread Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language||Portuguese (800 speakers)|
|Language Code||por Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Portuguese|
Primary Language: Portuguese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1681-2004)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Atualizada (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Corrigida (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Interconfessional (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Todays New Language (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Portuguese|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus film: view in Portuguese|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video: View in Portuguese|
|Film / Video||Walk with Jesus (Africa, JFP)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible Gateway Scripture|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|