"Little Butterfly" Plays
Apãranã ("Little Butterfly") swings from a liana over a creek where children bathe and play. The Awá fish in the streams on their land, and especially appreciate turtle meat.
Awá Man with Bow
Awá men are skilled hunters who handmake their own bows and arrows. Awá tribespeople depend on the forest for their hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
A family take a break during a walk in the forest to collect fruit.
A young man rests in the forest on a hunting expedition. Many family groups go off on extended hunts lasting several weeks, where they sleep in palm leaf shelters in the forest and make torches out of tree resin.
A young Awá girl from Juriti eats papaya, Brazil.
Members of the Awá tribe look over a deforested swatch of land. Illegal logging is increasingly encroaching on Awá territory.
Awa Mother and Child
Awá mother and child, Brazil.
An Awá man with bows and arrows.
Young Awa Girl
An Awá girl from Juriti community, where most recently contacted Awá live, Brazil.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.