Apurinã and Jámamadi COVID-19 relief fund.

We are raising funds to help the communities of the Apurinã and Jámamadi indigenous peoples with the purchase of food and hygiene products to meet the needs of families who are quarantined and with their incomes compromised are unable to leave their villages to seek food, due to the risk of contagion from Covid-19. 

The resources will be used as follows:

1- Helping indigenous villages with a compromised income due to the
COVID-19 quarantine to buy food and tools.

2- Assist people in the organization's coordination, helping to
raising awareness and delivering food and tools to indigenous villages of the Apurina and Jamamadi (fuel for boats), soap, masks, gloves and

3- Strengthen the OPIAJ organization as an entity representing the
APURINA and JAMAMADI people from the municipality of Pauini, state of Amazonas.

4- Purchase of materials and tools to increase the capacity of
self sustainability and food sovereignty.

-Purchase of 1,800 liters of fuel (for boat) VALUE R $ 10,800.00
- purchase of 10 liters of lubricating oil (for the boat's engine) R $

-Purchase of food and tools for the Villages, R $ 36,800.00.
Note: These tools and elements will be distributed among 38 villages in the municipality of Pauini / AM.

is an organization of the Apurinã and jámamadi indigenous peoples. It was created on November 5, 2004 to defend and promote the dignified social rights for all Pauini indigenous people, since there were no indigenous organizations in the municipality and the indigenous peoples were referenced to the indigenous movement in the state of Acre.

Our main role is to represent the Apurinã and Jamamadi indigenous peoples politically, so our daily activities are to monitor and articulate the access of these peoples to social rights, cultural appreciation and internal strengthening of the villages.

OPIAJ's area of ​​activity is the municipality of Pauini in the state of Amazonas, being politically responsible for 7 demarcated indigenous lands, three in the process of claiming for demarcation where 37 villages are located, totaling approximately 3,200 indigenous people, a number that will be confirmed from the consolidation of the socioeconomic survey carried out by OPIAJ in 2019.

The demarcated T.Is are:
Água Preta / Inari, Catipari / Mamoriá, Peneri / Tacaquiri, Seruini / Marienê, Guajahaã, Inauini / Teuini and Camadeni.
In the process of claiming for demarcation are Kapyra / Kanakury, Baixo Seruini and Santa Vitória.

OPIAJ represents 38 villages: Tocimão, São Raimundo, São Benedito, Xamakery, Jagunço II, Boa União, Vera Cruz, Maripuá, Kasiriã, Kasiri, São José do Tacaquiri, Cachoeira, Nova Floresta, Nova Vista, Santo Antonio do Catipari, São Jerônino, Ka kori, Kakori I, Kamarapu, Mipiri, Atukatxi, Kasiriki, Mariepary, Yopiã, Castanheira, Nova Esperança, São Francisco, Kamarapa, Penedo, Marienê, Bom Jesus, Maloka, New Life, Guajahaã, Sakoã, Santa Vitória, Aldeia Nova, Kairiko and Karuá.
We, the Pupỹkary people, or Apurinã, originate from the Purus River, where our “old trunk”, our kindred, comes from.

Today we are almost 10,000 people spread along the Purus, Sepatini, Paciá, Ituxi, Iaco and Aquiri rivers, in the states of Amazonas, Acre and Rondônia. We speak a unique language of the Maipure Aruak trunk and keep ancient customs alive, such as taking awiry, chewing katsupary and making keenery in remembrance of our ancestors. Our kinship system in two halves - Xiwapurinery and Mẽẽtymanety, guides our social, cosmological and environmental relationships.

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