The Hupda are a tribe living in Colombia and Brazil. They speak a language that is part of the Naduhup language family.
They have been in contact with European colonists since the 18th century. Tragically, the Hupda people have suffered many deadly epidemics as a result.
The Hupda people are hunters. They do not farm like the nearby tribes. Families are their source of labor and their economic force. They live in nuclear families which might add mothers-in-laws, orphaned nieces, widowed aunts, etc. These families might be large or small. They have 20 clans, and they always marry outside their clans. Clans are led by an elderly man who knows their clan's history. These clan leaders are not always the chief. Each clan shares a set of stories and ceremonies which give them their identity as a group.
The Hupda people are shamanists. They depend on male shamans, for both medical and spiritual needs. Everything that happens now has happened in the past. For this reason, it's essential to understand the myths of one's clan that show how to deal with both physical and spiritual problems. They cure these problems through the use of a shaman's rituals.
The Hupda people need help in adapting to those around them. They have suffered from smallpox and other epidemics through contact with outsiders. It may not be possible for them to remain isolated in a couple of decades.
Pray for God to intervene with his mercy as the Hupda people come in contact with outsiders.
Pray for sent out ambassadors of Christ to go to them, sharing the gospel in a culturally sensitive way.
Pray for spiritual openness among their clan leaders and shamans.
Pray for the Lord to shower his mercy and goodness upon the Hupda people in Colombia and Brazil.
Scripture Prayers for the Hupda in Colombia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Hupde|
|People Name in Country||Hupda|
|Alternate Names||Hupda Maku; Hupde Maku; Maku; Maku-Hupda; Maku-Hupdah; Maku-Yuhup; Yahup Maku|
|Population this Country||300|
|Population all Countries||2,300|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||22 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Vaupés department: Papurí and Tiquié river systems. Source: Ethnologue 2016|