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Arawak

(ä`räwäk), linguistic stock of indigenous people who came from South America and, at the time of the Spanish Conquest, occupied the islands of the Greater Antilles, the Bahamas, Trinidad, and other areas of Amazonia. Before the arrival of the Spanish they were driven from the Lesser Antilles by the CaribsCaribs
, native people formerly inhabiting the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. They are also known as Island Caribs; their Domincan descendants called themselves Kalinago.
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. Most of the Arawak of the Antilles died out or intermarried after the Spanish conquest. In South America, Arawakan-speaking groups are widespread, from SW Brazil to Colombia and Venezuela, representing a wide range of cultures. They are found mostly in the tropical forest areas N of the Amazon. As with all Amazonian native peoples, contact with white settlement has led to culture change and depopulation among these groups.
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Os Yawalapiti pertencem ao tronco linguistico Aruak, do qual fazem parte tambem os Waura e Mehinako, ambas as etnias residentes no mesmo Parque (Zarur 1986; Melatti 1998)
Reiteramos que ambas as etnias pertencem ao tronco linguistico Aruak e possuem uma relacao cultural muito antiga.
Em outro estudo realizado tambem com criancas indigenas no Parque Indigena do Xingu (25), foram encontradas elevadas taxas nas criancas Aruak e Karibe nesta mesma faixa etaria.