4. Brazil: Jenipapo-Kanindé
Brazil is reported to have more than 200 indigenous groups, 67 of which are considered “uncontacted” tribes; this means they have never had contact with people outside their own communities. In Brazil, “ethno-tourism” is a controversial issue. On the one hand, it has provided significant economic uplift for some groups; on the other hand, it may threaten some communities, especially the uncontacted tribes.
Among the Jenipapo-Kanindé, one of nine indigenous groups in the region of Ceara, community members banded together to create a community tourism initiative that could show visitors their culture while preserving it. A chief of the Jenipapo-Kanindé welcomes visitors, who learn more about the mythology and history of the tribe and their modern-day cultural practices.