The Akuntsu language is spoken only by members of the tribe and not fully understood by any outsider. They paint their bodies with urucum (annatto dye) for ceremonies.
Hi,my name is Nurasl.
They live in one community, in two small malocas (communal houses) made of straw.
This is my home
They are keen hunters—wild pig, agoutis and tapir are all prized—and cultivate small gardens where they grow manioc and corn. They also gather forest fruits and sometimes catch small fish in the creeks.
It is our garden.
Hmmmm,what is it?
why did we come here?
I want to show you our history!
Tribe's last four survivors speak of genocide.In 1995, field workers employed by FUNAI, the government’s Indian affairs department, made contact with a group of five Kanoê Indians, a group who live in the same area as the Akuntsu. The Kanoê told FUNAI that they had seen the gardens and houses of another isolated group nearby whom they called the Akuntsu.A few months later in 1995, contact was finally made with the Akuntsu. Alarmingly, they numbered just seven people.the oldest Akuntsu, died in October 2009.