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The traditional chants of Xavante Indians dwelling in the Amazon rainforest will soon be sold as ring tones throughout Europe and China. Sales of "the hunt song" and "the healing dance" in Brazil are already supporting around 100 Xavante, who live in the remote village of Sao Pedro in eastern Mato Grosso state.

$1.40: The cost of a traditional Xavante chant ring tone.

13: The number of vowels and matching consonants in the unique language. Da-saihuri wamhă, da-ma rowa di means "when people eat, they're happy."

9,600: Estimated population of Xavanate in 2002. According to the Instituto Socioambiental Encyclopedia of Indigenous Peoples of Brazilexternal link, the Xavante are renowned for their constant migrations and "ferocious and belligerent" opposition to contact with outsiders.

80kg: The weight of a log carried during a traditional Xavante race in which two clans compete in a baton-style race.

1830s: The Xavante chose to withdraw and lived peacefully until the 1930s, when government officials became interested in their land.

370,000: Number of indigenous people living on indigenous lands in Brazil, divided into 200 different tribes and speaking 180 languages.


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The Xavante live in the eastern Mato Grosso state of Brazil.

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