Ava Guarani in Brazil


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Introduction / History

At one time the Avi Guarani were called the Chiriguanos or Chiriguano. They had a reputation for being warlike, even amongst themselves. They went so far as to attack the mighty Incans in around the time the Spanish Empire was making it’s mark in South America. They also attacked and even enslaved Spaniards, who had no qualms about killing them. After periodic rounds of rebellions, they were subjugated in 1892. They re-emerged at the Ava Guarani in 1970.

They live mainly in the departments of Canindeyú, Alto Paraná and San Pedro and to a lesser extent in the departments of Caaguazú, Central, Amambay and Concepción. They are distributed in 140 communities and 18 family nuclei. The Ava are a cross-border people, so part of their population can also be found in Brazil and Argentina.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They hunt, fish and gather honey, fruits and vegetables, and all work on farms. They raise animals and work on neighboring ranches.

Permanent deforestation and contamination with agrochemicals has force many of them to migrate to urban centers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Among their traditions are: jeroky ñembo'e or sacred dance where the oporaíva transmit cultural values through mythical stories. The whole community participates, while the oporaíva or shamans sing, a women's choir marks the rhythm with the takuara hitting the ground and everyone dances and shares a fermented corn-based drink. The jeroky ñembo'e strengthens ties with divine beings but also between community members. Another important aspect is the medicine based on the knowledge of the therapeutic properties of different plants and the one based on the power of the oporaíva.

They have a ceremony called Mitakaraí, where they receive their inner names or forest names.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ava Guaraní want to recover ancestral lands and progress in the areas of education and economics. Many still live in dept peonage and forced labor.


Prayer Points

Pray for Jesus to be revealed to them as the only way, the truth and the life.
May they thirst for the word of God.
When trials come, may they turn to the true God for help and not to their old gods.
Pray for Christian leaders willing to work with them.


Scripture Prayers for the Guarani, Ava in Brazil.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ava_Guaran%C3%AD_people
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/paraguay-guarani-indigenous-language
Samaritan’s Purse


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Guarani, Ava
People Name in Country Guarani, Ava
Natural Name Ava Guarani
Alternate Names Ava Chiripa; Ava-katu-ete; Chiripa; Chiripa-guaranl; Nhandeva; Part-Indian
Population this Country 8,900
Population all Countries 51,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11355
ROP3 Code 102161
ROP25 Code 301744
ROP25 Name Ava Guarani (Chiripa)
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo states; scattered.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo states; scattered..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Guarani, Ava (8,900 speakers)
Language Code nhd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Guarani, Ava (8,900 speakers)
Language Code nhd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Guarani, Ava

Primary Language:  Guarani, Ava

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1991)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (2006)
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