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Vale do Javari (English language: Javari Valley) is one of the largest indigenous territories in Brazil, encompassing 85,444.82 km 2 (32,990 mi 2), or an area larger than Austria. It is named after the Javari River, the most important river of the region, which since 1851 forms the border with Peru. It includes much of the Atalaia do Norte municipality as well as adjacent territories in the western section of Amazonas state. Besides the Javari it is transected by the Pardo, Quixito, Itaquai and Ituí rivers.

Terra Indígena do Vale do Javari
Vale do Javari
Terra Indígena do Vale do Javari is located in Brazil
Terra Indígena do Vale do Javari
Terra Indígena do Vale do Javari
Location in Brazil
Coordinates: 5°21′32″S 70°59′10″W / 5.35889°S 70.98611°W / -5.35889; -70.98611Coordinates: 5°21′32″S 70°59′10″W / 5.35889°S 70.98611°W / -5.35889; -70.98611
StateBandeira do Amazonas.svg Amazonas
 • Total32,990.43 sq mi (85,444.82 km2)



Vale do Javari is home to 3,000 indigenous peoples of Brazil with varying sorts of contact, including the Matis, the Matses, the Kulina, the Mayoruna, and others. The uncontacted indigenous peoples are estimated to be more than 2,000 individuals belonging to at least 14 tribes[1] like the Isolados do Rio Quixito, Isolados do Itaquai (Korubo), Isolados do Jandiatuba, Isolados do Alto Jutai, Isolados do Sao Jose, Isolados do Rio Branco, Isolados do Medio Javari and Isolados do Jaquirana-Amburus. These are believed to be living deep inside its reservation areas. The uncontacted tribes live in some 19 known villages identified by air. According to Fabricio Amorim from Fundação Nacional do Índio, the region contains "the greatest concentration of isolated groups in the Amazon and the world".[1]

Plane incidentEdit

In October 2009, a plane emergency-landed in the middle of the reservation.[2] People from the Matis tribe found 9 of the 11 survivors[2] who were flown out of the reservation by helicopter.


Vale do Javari is the setting of The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes (2011) by National Geographic writer Scott Wallace. It details a 76-day expedition in 2002 led by Sydney Possuelo to find the status of the "Arrow People", an uncontacted tribe.


  1. ^ a b Phillips, Tom (22 June 2011). "Uncontacted tribe found deep in Amazon rainforest". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b Colitt, Raymond (30 October 2009). "Amazon Indians find plane crash survivors". Reuters. Retrieved 22 June 2011.

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