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Guaraní Culture and History

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

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The emphasis of these pages is on Guaranis and other American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Guarani history is interesting and important, but the Guarani 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.

Our Guarani Websites

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

Guarani Tribal and Community Websites

Academia de la Lengua Guaraní:
    Paraguayan governmental academy promoting Guarani language and culture. In Spanish and Guarani.
Museo Guarani:
    Homepage of the Guarani museum in Bolivia.

Books for sale on the Guarani Indians
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The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio De La Plata
    Interesting ethnography and history of the Guarani people.
Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon:
    Colorful picture book telling the story of the trickster turtle Jabuti from the Tupi-Guarani tribes of Brazil.
*Peoples of the Gran Chaco:
    Book of essays on the Guarani and other Chacoan tribes of the South American interior.
*Tourism in Northeastern Argentina: The Intersection of Human and Indigenous Rights with the Environment:
    Case study about the effects of ecotourism on the Mbya Guarani people.
*Forest Dwellers, Forest Protectors:
    Ethnography of the Guarani tribe in Paraguay.

Maps of Guarani Lands

Paraguay Language Map * Brazilian Languages * Southern Brazil: * Argentina and Chile: * Bolivian Languages:
    Maps showing the areas in South America where the Guarani languages are spoken.
Tribes of the Gran Chaco:
    Historical map of the Chaco Plain showing the original location of the Guarani tribes at the time of first European contact.

Guarani Lifestyle and Tradition

The Guarani Mbya Tribe * The Guarani Ñandeva Tribe:
    Online ethnography of the Guaranies of Brazil.
Os Indios Guarani:
    Overview of the Guarani of Brazil, with photographs. (Page in English.)
The Guarani Tribe:
    Articles on Guarani history and culture.
Chiriguano: * Chiripa: * Mbia: * Simba: * Bugre: * Guarayo: * Kaiwa:
    Information about the different Guarani tribes of South America.
Biography: Guarani: * Biography: Mbya: * Biography: Kaiowá:
    Oral history from Guarani elders. Site in Portuguese.
Guarani Cultural Objects:
    Museum exhibit with photographs of Guarani artifacts.
Jesuit Guarani Missions: * Jesuits Waged War for the Guaraní People: * Jesuit Reduction:
    History of the Jesuit mission system and how it affected the Guarani people.
Guarani Flags:
    Pictures and descriptions of several Guarani flags.
Cayua Guarani:
    History and culture of the Guarani Indians.
Indigenous Rights: The Guarani:
    Article on the history and political situation of the Guarani tribe.
In Rio de Janeiro, Indigenous people fight to undo centuries of erasure:
    News article on the contributions of Tupinamba and Guarani people to Brazilian history and culture.
Paraguayan Placenames:
    Chart of indigenous place names in the Guarani language.
A different way of looking at the sky:
    Article about traditional astronomy among the Tupis and Guaranis of Brazil.
Mbya, tierra en rojo:
    Documentary film about the life of the Argentinian Guarani.

Guarani/Guarani Religion and Myth

Guarani Legends:
    Collection of Guarani Indian mythology and folktales.
Contemporary Guarani Shamanisms:
    Anthropology paper on tribal rituals and traditional medicine among the Brazilian Guarani today.

Guarani Literature, Art and Music

Musica Guarani:
    Audio recordings of several traditional Guarani songs. Page is in Portuguese.
Danza Guarani:
    YouTube video of a Guarani folk dance.
Horacio Guarany:
    Articles about the indigenous Argentinian folk singer Horacio Guarany.
Oz Guarani: * Indigenous Brazilian musicians taking back a burning country:
    The music and lives of contemporary Guarani and other indigenous artists of Brazil.

Guarani Politics, Issues, and Current Events

Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights: * UN: Paraguay violated Ava Guarani rights:
    News articles about the legal struggles of Guarani people to protect their tribal territory.
Newfound Pride in Guaraní * The Guaraní language is flourishing but the indigenous people are not
    Articles about Guarani language usage and tribal identity in Paraguay.
Brazil's Guarani-Kaiowa tribe allege genocide: * Guarani leader assassinated: * Tragedy among the Guarani:
    Articles about the harsh effects of anti-indigenous violence on the Brazilian Guarani people.
Lost Libraries:
    Article about the devastating effects of COVID on the Guarani and other indigenous Brazilian tribes.

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Additional Resources, Links, and References

  Wikipedia: Guaraní: * Britannica: Guarani:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Guarani Indian tribe.
  Paraguay Indians: * Bolivia Indians: * Brazil Indians: * Argentina Indians:
  Information and links about indigenous culture in the Guarani regions.
  Los Guaranies * Guarani Ñanduti Rogue * El idioma Guaraní * Comunidad Indigena Simba Guarani
  Los Indigenas Guarani * Etnia Guarani: * Tribu Tapiete * Los Chiriguanos o Guarayos:
  Information on the Guaranis in Spanish.
  Tribo Guarani Mbya * Lingua Guarani do Brasil: * Cultura dos Povos Guarani Mbya e Kaingang:
  Information about the Mbya tribe in Portuguese.
  Guarani Resources * Guarani:
  Related links.

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