Ajuru in Brazil

The Ajuru have only been reported in Brazil
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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Wayoro people first had contact with Europeans in the 1730s when gold prospectors came to their homeland bringing diseases and taking these people as slaves. In the early 1900s and the 1940s, the Wayoro population went into a sharp decline when the rubber industry discovered their homeland to be a good source of rubber trees.

In the 20th Century, the Brazilian government attempted to protect indigenous peoples by establishing FUNAI. The goal was to keep the native population free from potentially harmful outside forces. Many logging, mining, and farming interests have managed to seep in none the less. The rain forest is being torn down, leaving the peoples of the interior vulnerable to disease, economic exploitation, and potential extermination.

Where Are they Located?

The Wayoro people live in the remote state of Rondonia near the Bolivian border. This state has the sad distinction of being the most deforested state in Brazil. The Wayoro people have traditionally lived near the headwaters of the Colorado River, but now the few members of this tribe live near the Branco River.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Wayoro people have been able to survive by hunting wild game, fishing, and finding edible plants for the duration of their history. They have also done some farming.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Wayoro people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's identity, and they associate conversion with selling out to the dominant culture. This is especially true for peoples like the Wayoro who are becoming fewer in number.

What Are Their Needs?

The Wayoro people need advocates who will help them navigate life in the 21st century. They are no longer a viable social unit.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ajuru in Brazil.

* Pray for believers to train the Wayoro people in the skills that they will need in the 21st century.
* Pray for this people group to find Jesus Christ as savior and lord.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-03
People Name General Ajuru
People Name in Country Ajuru
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 300
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ayurú; Wajuru; Wayjurú; Wayoro; Wayoró
People ID 15899
ROP3 Code 110732
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Rondônia state: Pororoca post, Guapore river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Rondônia state: Pororoca post, Guapore river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Portuguese
Language Code por   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Portuguese
Language Code por   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Portuguese

Primary Language:  Portuguese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1505-2004)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1681-2004)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1751-2017)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Portuguese
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
General Open-licensed Bible stories on mobile app
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
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
100.0 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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