Based in Aldeia Praia do Mangue (Itaituba), the Pariri Association was created on November 8, 1998 with the main objective to fight for the physical and cultural survival of the Munduruku people of the Middle Tapajós. Pariri legally represents eleven villages: Praia do Mangue, Praia do Índio, Sawre Apompu, Sawre Jaybu (Indigenous Territory Sawre Bapim); Dace Watpu, Sawre Muybu, Boa Fé, Karo Muybu, Dajekapap, Sawre Aboy, Poxo Muybu (Indigenous Territory Sawre Muybu).
Pariri’s aim is to unify the demands and struggles of the Munduruku people (especially those arising from contact with national society) and to represent them before federal agencies, such as National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), National Health Foundation (FUNASA) and, if necessary, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (MPF). Pariri’s diplomatic work requires that the coordinators and members are familiar with both the institutions of the surrounding society and their functions as well as Munduruku culture and language. This is because Pariri’s main mission is to fight for indigenous rights and to improve the quality of life in Munduruku villages through the strengthening of Munduruku traditional cultural values and creation of sustainable community projects.
Over the past fifteen years, Pariri has developed several projects such as Munduruku language training within urban villages close to the city of Itaituba and the organization annual meetings, including ones on April 19th for Indigenous Day, with the goal to promote unity within the villages of the middle Tapajós, reaffirm Munduruku values, and collectively discuss threats to their rights. They have also implemented a diversified garden and fish breeding project in the village of Praia do Mangue as well as poultry projects in the village Praia do Índio, in addition to being a partner in the Integrated High School project in the upper Tapajós, Ibaorebu, supported by FUNAI.
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Pariri works together with other Munduruku associations in upper Tapajós such as Wakoborun, Dau´k, Pusuru, Wuyxaximã, Kerepo and with the Ipereg Ayu Movement. Together, these Munduruku associations and movements fight to defend the rights of indigenous peoples, which are increasingly violated every day with the ongoing planning of development projects for the region (hydroelectric dams, ports, expanding agribusiness, logging, etc).
The Association is composed a Coordinating Board, which has a two-year term, as well as a Fiscal Council and the annual General Assembly, where ongoing and future projects are discussed with the leaders of the represented villages.
Activities initiated by the association’s past leadership received support from Brazilian and international NGOs; independent collectives and non-indigenous supporters; logistical support from FUNAI and the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI) in the necessary transportation of members out of the municipality of Itaituba to resolve problems that require such displacement; and financial contributions collected by each village to assist in Associations’ last registration at the registry office.