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Waimiri-Atroari in Brazil


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,100 Waimiri-Atroari Ethnic Religions 0.10 % 0.10 % No No   

Waimiri-Atroari in Brazil

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Introduction / History
The Waimiri-Atroari language is one of the Yanomami languages. They are one of the Carib peoples. They are also known as Waimiri Atroari or Waimiri-Atrorari. Their homeland is in northern Brazil’s state of Amazonas.

They have a long, tragic history of contact with outsiders who want to use their land. In the 1970s-80s the Brazilian government used Waimiri-Atroari land to construct a highway and a dam. The people were displaced.

What are their lives like?
The Waimiri-Atroari people are in the process of adapting to having their homeland controlled by outsiders. There are efforts to protect their land, but the most powerful forces come from outsiders.

What are their beliefs?
They have their own ethnic religion that involves the worship of nature spirits.

What are their needs?
This tribe needs to learn new skills so they can adapt to their new situation.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Lord to bless this community economically and spiritually.

Ask God to raise up Waimiri-Atroari who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road.

Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Waimiri-Atroari in the near future.

Pray the Waimiri-Atroari would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.

Pray for many of them to make disciples who will make even more disciples.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-05-06
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Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Amazonas state: border area with Roraima state on Alalau and Camanau, Jatapu, and Jauaperi rivers. 24 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Waimiri-Atroari
People Name General: Waimiri-Atroari
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 100603
Joshua Project People ID: 10480
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,100
Population all Countries: 2,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: South American Indigenous
People Name General: Waimiri-Atroari
Ethnic Code: MIR39c
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Waimiri-Atroari (2,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): atr    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Waimirí
Dialect Code:7331
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions99.90 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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