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Waurá Indian woman making a feather headdress. Once numbering several million, today less than 150,000 Indians of a variety of tribes are scattered throughout Brazil, mainly in the Amazon region. Contagious diseases, slavery or indentured labor, agricultural and mining development projects, roadbuilding and colonization have decimated innumerable tribes. In many cases, the Indians had no other choice but to integrate into Brazilian society.India Waurá fazendo um cocar de penas. No passado vários milhões, hoje menos de 150.000 índios de várias tribos se encontram espalhados pelo Brasil, a maioria na região amazónica.


Latin American and Iberian Institute / University of New Mexico


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Brazil: Ethnicity and Population