The Kayapó, Yanomami, Akuntsu, Enawene Nawe, Awá, Piripkura and Kawahiva are indigenous tribes of the Amazon region in South America. The National Indian Foundation, or FUNAI, estimates that approximately 77 isolated tribal groups live in the Brazilian Amazon. Some tribes have dwindled to only a few members due to diseases spread by outsiders and invasive practices, such as logging and ranching.Continue Reading
The Kayapó live across 26 million acres of legally protected land in the southeastern region of the Brazilian Amazon. Roughly 7,000 people populate 46 Kayapó villages, which are surrounded by major areas of deforestation. Conservation International has supplied funding and training to help the Kayapó protect their culture by improving border patrol and electronic communication and setting up environmentally friendly products and businesses.
The Yanomami have 32,000 tribespeople populating 17.8 million hectares of land in Brazil and Venezuela. The Venezuelan villages are part of the Alto Orinoco-Casiquiare Biosphere Reserve, while the Brazilian villages are threatened by diseases and destruction brought on by local gold miners and ranchers.
The Akuntsu have only five remaining tribespeople in a legally protected section of forest in western Brazil. Their forest home consists of two communal houses and small gardens. The Akuntsu had seven members in 1995 when FUNAI initially made contact with them, but a young woman was killed by a fallen tree in 2000, and the oldest tribesman died in 2009.Learn more about Anthropology
Megalodon teeth have been found in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Malta, Grenadines, Puerto Rico, Canary Islands, Cuba and Jamaica. They have also been excavated from the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The places where the fossils were unearthed lead palaeontologists to believe that this shark lived in warm ocean waters.Full Answer >
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The Pueblo people lived in the Mesa Verde region of the American Southwest in what is now Arizona and New Mexico. They also lived in some parts of Utah, Colorado and Texas.Full Answer >
Although there is no properly quantified population count for the Amazon rainforest area, there are around 20 million indigenous people living in the eight countries that make up the Amazon region; roughly two thirds of these people live in Peru. Most of the people living in the Amazon Basin live in the cities that surround the rainforest, including Belem, Brazil, with a population of 1.9 million and Manaus, Brazil, with a population of around 1.5 million.Full Answer >