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Sat Dec 20, 2014, 10:52 PM

Survivors recall genocide of Amazon tribe in Brazil

Survivors recall genocide of Amazon tribe in Brazil
Published December 12, 2014/

The almost complete extermination of an Amazonian tribe in the 1970s, one of the darkest chapters of Brazil's military dictatorship, is detailed in a new book.

"The Military dictatorship and the Waimiri-Atroari Genocide," written by anthropologist Egydio Schwade, brings together accounts from survivors.

The number of Waimiri-Atroaris plummeted from roughly 3,000 in 1972 and to 322 in 1983, according to censuses carried out by the University of Brasilia and the National Indian Foundation.

Recovery did not begin until after the end of the military regime in 1985 and even now, the Waimiri-Atroari population is only 1,689.


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