Meet the characters with which you can play in the Virtual Village. Here they are called avatars!
Most of the Ashaninka live in Peru. More than 90 thousand Ashaninka people live there. In Brazil, there are more than 1000 Ashaninka people living in five areas of indigenous land. All of these are in the Alto Juruá region of the state of Acre. The Ashanika speak a language from the Aruak linguistic branch. Their traditional clothing is known as kushma.
There are only 154 Asurini Indians. They live in a village on the right-hand bank of the River Xingu in the Brazilian state of Pará. They are known for their artistic ability, particularly their drawing skills. They decorate objects and their own bodies with geometric drawings. These drawings represent elements of nature and supernatural beings. The Asurini speak a language from the Tupi-Guarani linguistic branch.
The Karajá have long lived along the banks of the River Araguaia, in the states of Goiás, Tocantins and Mato Grosso. They are a group of about 3198 people. They speak a language from the Macro-Jê linguistic branch. An obvious characteristic of the group are the two circles tattooed onto their faces. They also do beautiful body paintings.
The Krahô live in an Indigenous Land called the Kraolândia, in the state of Tocantins. They are a group of about 2500 people and they speak a language from the Jê linguistic branch. They live in circular villages and are famous for their tree-trunk races. These are held every day, once they have finished hunting, fishing or working in gardens. The tree-trunks are normally made from buriti wood, and are prepared and decorated with great care by the Krahô.
The Matis consist of 390 people. They live in an Indigenous Land called Vale do Javari. This is in the state of Amazonas. They speak a language which belongs to the Pano linguistic branch. They all call themselves mushabo (‘tattooed people’) or wanibo (‘people of the pupunha palm tree’). This is because they have tattoos on their faces made with thorns from pupunha palm trees. These tattoos are marks of belonging to the group.
Approximately 1800 Indians live in the Indigenous Land Cateté e Trincheira Bacajá, which are in the state of Pará. The Xikrin speak the Kayapó language. They attach great importance to words and to listening. Because of this they have their ears and lips pierced when they are still young. The women dedicate a lot of time to elaborate body paintings.
About thirty-five thousand people live in the mountainous region which divides Brazil from Venezuela. They speak four different languages from the Yanomami linguistic branch. Their day-to-day lives involve agriculture, hunting, gathering and fishing. And they hold many lively rituals. Their decorations and body paintings are like festive outfits used for different ceremonies.