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Matis in Brazil

Matis

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
400 Matis Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Matis in Brazil

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Introduction / History
The Matis are the most exotic tribe in the world, but because they have been exploited by outsiders, the Brazilian government no longer permits visitors to go to the villages of Aurelio and Beija Flor. However, I could arrange for you to meet some of their leaders outside of Brazil's Indigenous Reserve. They enjoy telling people about their culture." Dr. Dan Panteous, a friend and researcher of the Matis Indians, was sharing this information with interested visitors.

Life for the 300 Matis people of Brazil has seen little change over hundreds of years. They live in primitive shelters, and most of their food is obtained through hunting game, such as monkeys that they kill with blowguns. Fishing and some agricultural foods supplement their diet. Ritual ceremonies are a major part of their lives. Preparations for the rituals involve painting bright pigments on their unclothed bodies, wearing masks and sometimes covering their bodies with clay. During the "Marvin" ceremony, they dance and carry sticks that they use to discipline children and others that have misbehaved.

The Matis people have serious physical problems, especially hepatitis, which has diminished their population. Although the government has made attempts to help them, the greatest contributions towards upgrading their health care and standard of living have been from Christian sources that provide water filters. The Matis do not know their Savior or the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray that God will send well-equipped servants to them with water filters and the Water of Life.
* 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: 2010-05-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-05-22
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Country: Brazil
Continent: South America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Amazonas state: Atalaia do Norte municipality; on Peru border; Javari valley.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Matis
People Name General: Matis
Alternate People Names:
Deshan MikitboMushabo
ROP3 Code: 114661
Joshua Project People ID: 18847
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Amazon
People Name General: Matis
Ethnic Code: MIR39d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Matis (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mpq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
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 Catholic100.00 %
 
(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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Matis in Brazil

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