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By Hein van der Voort

ISBN-10: 3110178699

ISBN-13: 9783110178692

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This woman brought up many other orphans, including Antonhão from family II. Maria Edite is married to the Aikanã man Kude're, or Canderé. They live in Gleba and they have seven children. Their oldest son, Augusto, who was born around 1958, left for Porto Velho at an early age and was never heard of again. Maria Edite speaks Kwaza and Aikanã fluently, and Portuguese with some difficulty. She remembers only a few Kanoê words. Although she played an important role as a consultant for Kwaza, I did not work with her in formal sessions.

The Kwaza (autodenomination) are usually known in the literature as Koaia. The Aikanã (autodenomination) are also known in the literature as Masaká, Kasupá, Mundé, Huari, Corumbiara or Tubarão, in various spellings. The Kanoê (autodenomination), who also speak an unclassified language, are sometimes also referred to as Kapixana. The Salamãi, who speak a Tupi-Mondé language, are also called Sanamãika or Mondé. The Tupari speak a language of the Tupi-Tupari linguistic family and are known under various names and synonyms.

Rondon was one of the most important defenders of the Indians of this century. He was of partial Bororó ancestry himself and he was one of the founders of the SPI. 10 In 1913 and 1914 the Swedish ethnographer Erland Nordenskiöld (1915) explored the Andean and Guaporé regions, accompanied by his wife Olga. He was the first person to record data from the Aikanã language (his Huari) and photographed its speakers. The indigenous names of the chiefs he met and heard about are still in use among the Aikanã today.

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