Tapuia in Brazil

The Tapuia have only been reported in Brazil
This people group’s population is unknown or estimated to be extremely small. This people group may have assimilated into larger surrounding groups and may no longer be recognizable as a distinct group. To ensure every people group is represented, Joshua Project includes unknown and very small population people groups until on-site research determines they do not exist. More info at Small People Group Policy.
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Introduction / History

When the Portuguese first made contact with the indigenous peoples of what is now Brazil, they began a long, tragic process of assimilation for the first nations peoples. Portuguese men intermarried with indigenous women, and their land and resources were taken from them. The first nations peoples died by the thousands because of diseases introduced by European settlers. The first Catholic missionaries, the Jesuits, protected these people until they were expelled by those who wanted to exploit the land and the people.

In the 20th Century, the Brazilian government attempted to protect these peoples by establishing FUNAI. The goal was to keep the indigenous peoples 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 Tapuia people live in central Brazil.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are so few Tapuia people that they are in danger of disappearing as a people. In the past they have been able to survive by hunting wild game, fishing, and finding edible plants, but as they are forced to live in Brazilian towns or cities, they must adapt to a foreign world. Many are in the process of adapting right now. A 2007 news article mentions one of their members joining a Brazilian protest march demanding the impeachment of their president.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The language of the Tapuia people is Curripaco, and their primary religion is listed as "ethnic." This means that their religion probably involves an effort to appease the spirits that is common in such belief systems.

What Are Their Needs?

The Tapuia people need a way to enter Brazilian society without being destroyed as a people. God wants these people to maintain their dignity and to be able to worship Him. They are created in His image for His purposes.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tapuia in Brazil.

* Pray for God to open the way for these people to enter Brazilian society with a minimum of damage to their dignity and health.
* Pray for God to open the hearts of the Tapuia people so that they will joyfully receive Christ into their hearts.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among indigenous peoples of Brazil that will include the Tapuia people.



Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-13
People Name General Tapuia
People Name in Country Tapuia
Population this Country 200
Population all Countries 200
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 Tapua-Xavante; Tapuio; Tapuya
People ID 19143
ROP3 Code 115814
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Goiás state   Source:  AMTB 2019
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Goiás state.   Source:  AMTB 2019

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Primary Language Portuguese (200 speakers)
Language Code por   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Portuguese (200 speakers)
Language Code por   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Portuguese
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
99.00 %
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 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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