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From: Dani Brown <>
Subject: Piapoco Indians
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 20:14:01 -0800 (PST)


Piapoco Indians


Piapoco: (Dzaze) 99 in Venezuela (1975 Gaceta
Indigenista); 3,000 in Colombia; 3,100 total.
Venezuela: Tributaries and lower Vichada River region
(Map). Also Meta and Guaviare rivers. Columbia: Area
of San Fernando de Atapapo, Amazonas along the
Orinoco. Arawakan, Maipuran, Northern Maipuran,
Inland.

Plains. Hunter-gatherers, swidden agriculturalists.

Piapoco (Pee-ah-poh-coh) Indians live in the Amazon
basin of Venezuela. The Piapoco men and sometimes
women carve animals such as the eagles and armadillos
from light-weight balsa wood plentiful in the rain
forest. In order to gather the wood they must take a
two day journey into the jungle where the trees grow
on the banks of a river. They carve the sculptures
with a machete and knife. They sometimes leave the
wood natural or use vegetable dyes made from gathered
materials to paint and decorate it. The men also carve
benches out of the heavier congrio wood which is
characterized by both light and dark wood together.
They live in traditional villages and their homes are
palm-thatched huts.



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