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Apalai Culture and History

As a complement to our Apalai language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Apalai tribe and their society.

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The emphasis of these pages is on Apalais and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Apalai history is interesting and important, but the Apalai Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.

Our Apalai Websites

Apalai Language:
    Information and language learning materials from the Apalai Indian language.
Apalai Legends:
    Collection of Apalai Indian legends and folktales.

Books for sale on the Apalai Indians
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Carib-Speaking Indians: Culture, Society, and Language:
    A comparative study of the Carib cultures of South America.
The Indians of Central and South America:
    Thorough overview of Latin American tribes including a section on the Apalai.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Native Americans in general.

Apalai Lifestyle and Tradition

Tribes of Northern Brazil:
    Map showing where the Apalai people live in Brazil.
The Aparai-Wayana of Brazil:
    Online ethnography of the Wayana and Apalai tribes including photographs.
Apalai Indians:
    Articles on Apalai culture and traditions.
Apalai Dance:
    Video showing an Apalai tribal folk dance.
Livro da arte gráfica wayana e aparai:
    Online book about Aparai culture and traditional arts from the Rio de Janeiro Museu do Indio. In Portuguese.

Apalai Artifacts and Cultural Objects

Apalai Feather Cape:
    Photograph and description of an Apalai Indian cape.
Wayana-Aparai Tamok:
    Ceremonial Tamoko mask and costume of the Wayana and Aparai tribes.
Apalai Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Apalai clothing, baskets, and other artifacts.
Bancos Aparai:
    Online art collection displaying photographs of Wayana and Aparai carved stools.

Apalai Politics, Issues, and News

Protecting the Rainforest:
    News article about forest conservation among the Apalai and other Indians of the Tumucumaque region.
Every time an elder dies, a library is burnt:
    Article about the medical and cultural threats posed by the COVID pandemic to the Apalai and other rural tribes.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Aparai People: * Wayana and Aparaí:
   Encyclopedia articles about the Apalais.
   Native Brazilians:
   Links and information about the indigenous culture of Brazil.
   Os Indigenas Aparai-Wayana * Tribo Aparaí:
   Information about the Apalais in Portuguese.

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