Collection Description

Brief Culture Description

Culture Name

Bororo

Culture Description

The Bororo are Gê speakers living in central Mato Grosso, Brazil, in three clusters of nine villages. The traditional economy was based on hunting, fishing, gathering, and horticulture. One hundred and fifty years of warfare, disease, and dislocation have decimated the Bororo population. Although some Bororo seek to maintain as much as possible of their traditional culture, regular contact with Brazilians has meant assimilation for many of them. The Bororo have become farmers, wage laborers, producers of items for the tourist trade, and consumers of commercial goods.

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Region

South America --Eastern South America

Countries

Brazil

Paraguay

OWC Code

SP08

Collection Information

Number of Documents

11

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Number of Pages

1352

Collection Indexing Notes

AIJE-DOGE -- powerful aquatic AROE spirits -- category 776

AROE MAIWU -- "new soul"; a man who represents the deceased and becomes the "ritual son" of the deceased's parents -- category 608

AROE -- cult of the dead; spirits of the dead -- categories 775, 769

AROETTAWARARI -- a shaman whose functions are very similar to that of the BARI and who sometimes acts in both offices -- category 756

BAIMANAGEJEWU -- see BAITO

BAITO -- the Great Hut or men's house -- category 345

BARI -- the shaman -- category 756

BOPE -- evil spirits; souls of the dead; spirits that never lived -- categories 775 and 776

callers -- heralds or criers -- category 203

IMARUGO -- the midwife -- categories 844, 759

IORUBODARE -- the boy's initiation sponsor -- categories 881, 616, 608

MAEREBOE -- see BOPE

WAIKURU -- see BOPE

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