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A few hundred Awá-Guajá people are among the last hunter-gatherers of the Amazon rainforest. But for how much longer?

Until recently the Awá-Guajá tribe were one of the last indigenous peoples in Brazil to lead a fully nomadic life, surviving through hunting and gathering. There may be about 60 uncontacted Awá-Guajá still at large in a protected area of the rainforest, but most of the other 300 live in three reservations, where they are learning to adapt to village life and practise agriculture—with difficulty.

Brazil has an indigenous population of 460,000. They are the responsibility of FUNAI—the National Indian Foundation— which demarcates and protects their land, most of which is in the Amazon, and supports villages from a series…

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