The Matses are a tribe of Peru and Brazil in the Amazon. They speak Matses and Spanish and Portuguese is also spoken. They live between the Javari and Galvez rivers. Many live in the Matses Indigenous Reserve. They hunt and sell meat to help them earn a living. Matses means 'people' in their language. They are also called Mayoruna.
At the present time they are having problems with poachers and illegal logging. It has been said that their living conditions have gotten worse and that they could become extinct.
The Matses know about animal and plant life where they are and rely on this in the forests. They hunt with bow and arrows. Their religion is animist and they worship human and animal spirits. They were first to make contact with the outside world when SIL missionaries came to them in the late 1960s.
The Matses practice polygamy and like cross-cousin marriages. There was conflict between them and the Peruvian government but they are at peace with them now. Each village has its own chief. There are difficulties in them getting medicines. Maybe medical staff who are Christians could help them in this area.
* Pray that the contact they had with SIL missionaries in the past will help bring
the Matses to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the troubles they are having will lead them to salvation.
* Pray that the Matses will not become extinct.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|People Name General||Matses|
|People Name in Country||Matses|
|Population in Peru||1,700|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Matse, Matse's, Maxirona, Mayoruna|
|Region||Central and South America|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Loreto region: lower Yaquerana river and tributaries; lower Yavari on Chobayacu and Gálvez rivers. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Matses (1,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||mcf Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Matses|
Primary Language: Matses
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1993-2008)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Matses|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Esuquidistu Chuiquin Tantiamete|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.20 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|