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Kamayurá Ipawú Village Project

  1. Meetings with the community and specialists in the field of Tourism so that a tourist itinerary can be planned within the village, houses and/or surroundings, such as accompanying traditional agricultural activities, fishing, rituals. In addition to practical issues related to accommodation (eg sleeping in tents, tourist centers or inside the Okas – houses?; bathrooms; internet access etc.);

  2. Articulate and publicize this (future) project with the Secretary of Tourism of the State of Mato Grosso and the Ministry of Tourism in order to establish partnerships, agreements and help us to better structure the potential of this form of tourism;

  3. Make contacts for partnerships with large tourism companies, in the possibility of creating tourist products (eg travel packages, etc.), which serve a specific audience interested in knowing the village;

  4. Articulate with the press in general, especially open TV networks and with programs about travel on closed (pay) TV channels, covering rituals and, if possible, tourists getting to know our way of life and culture to spread the word;

  5. Creation of a website, in several languages, with direct integration with Whatsapp, to promote ecotourism in the village and also to provide a quick response to possible interested parties via whatsapp.


My story

My name is Takuman Kamayurá and I was born in Aldeia Ipawu, located in the Xingu Indigenous Land (Central Brazil – MT). I am 32 years old and I live in Ipawu Village. I am an indigenous of the ethnic group known as Kamayurá, self-styled as Apyap or “true” Apyap (Kam. Apyawa  Native people who constitute the main formative nucleus of the current Kamayurá, inhabitants of the Indigenous Land of the Xingu. I am the husband of Kauni and Kutsmi Samanta, father of Kaóryve, Tuyla and Kawany.


I am currently learning to be a youth leader. I am also recognized as a fighter of Joetik (Huka-Huka), representative of my people. I went through all the traditional cultural processes that a fighter must go through, since I was a child.


My community has several traditions such as myths, songs, dances, rituals (Kwaryp, Jawari, Tawarawanã etc.), making artifacts and traditional handicrafts, beads, Our tradition has been preserved through Oral history, school education and the commitment of all to always keep the knowledge of ancient narratives (myths) and rituals alive.


My people, Kamayurás of Ipawú, were the  first to work with tourism at TIX. The problem is that, in these cases, the resources were not used as well. Now, I want ecotourism to be boosted, and the funds raised to be converted into the purchase of a truck or pickup truck, which can help transport people to the city for medical treatment, studies, among others, for example. In addition, with the resources acquired from ecotourism, an emergency fund can be created, which can help us in extreme cases, as it was at the height of COVID-19, when we were dependent on donations to react to the problem.

I seek to enhance Ecotourism, also known as Ecological Tourism, as a sustainable socioeconomic alternative, allowing the forest to remain standing. It seems to be a good strategy to bring resources to the community while preserving the environment. This is the main goal, which I hope can be converted, along with the goals described later, so that they can be turned into a Project and that it can bring REAL benefits to my community.

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