The Matipu people are an indigenous people of Brazil. They live in the southern part of the Xingu Indigenous Park in the state of Mato Grosso.[2] Their a population is estimated at about 149 individuals in 2011,[1] up from population of 40 in the 1995 census. They are mainly of animist faith and share many cultural traits with other Xingu peoples.[1]

Total population
149 (2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Brazil ( Mato Grosso)
Kuikúro-Kalapálo, formerly Matipuhy[2]
Related ethnic groups
Kalapalo, Kuikuro, and Nahukuá[1]


They are also known as the Mariape-Nahuqua and Matipuhy.[2]


The Matipu traditional spoke the Matipu language, a Carib language, but there are no longer any known living speakers. They currently speak the Kuikúro-Kalapálo language.[2]


To provide for themselves, the Matipu hunt, fish, and farm. Manioc and maize are their primary crops.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mehinako: Introduction." Instituto Socioambiental: Povos Indígenas no Brasil. Retrieved 15 March 2012
  2. ^ a b c d "Matipuhy." Ethnologue. 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2012.

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