Summary The Yuana (or Joti) people live in Sierra Maigualida in the Amazon region of Venezuela. The 1993 census indicated they live in 25 communities. They gather wild fruit and honey, and cultivate bananas, corn, cassava, and other produce. They hunt the tapir, peccary, and other game with spear and blowgun. Two groups have been touched by missionaries, one by an evangelical mission and another by the Catholic mission in San Jose de Kayama.
Ministry Obstacles Access to this tribe is difficult and they may be wary of outsiders.
Outreach Ideas There has been limited exposure to Christianity by a few in this tribe, and scripture portions are available in their language. These provide a basis for discipling some in the group.
Pray for the followers of Christ Pray for the few in this tribe who identify themselves as Christians. Pray the Lord will give them real understanding of what it means to know and follow Christ, not mixing their faith with traditional religions.
Pray for the entire people group Pray this tribe will be protected from exploitation and from disease introduced by outsiders.
Bolivar state: Kaima river, a Cuchivero river tributary; Amazonas state: isolated groups on Iguana, an Asita river tributary, and on the Parucito, a Manapiare river tributary. (Source: Ethnologue 2016)