Matsés Indian Tribe
The Cat People - Page 1 of 5
Paradise, that is
the word I use to describe the Matsés Native Community on the Javari,
Yaquerana, Chobayacu and Galvez Rivers where the majority of the Matsés
Indians live. The virgin rainforest, abundant wildlife, and friendly natives make for a wonderful experience. After traveling
in the Amazon for years, I discovered a magical place that few outsiders
The Matsés Indians (who
are also commonly called Mayorunas or Mayurunas in Brazil) are often affectionately
referred to as the "cat people" due to the characteristic "whiskers"
(made from the veins of palm leaves) that
women place in their noses. Presently, there are about 3000 Matsés living in
the Javari Valley of Peru and Brazil, with the majority residing in Peru.
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