Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
ERTHAL, Regina M. de Carvalho. Suicide among the Tikúna on the Upper Solimões River: an expression of conflicts. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.2, pp. 299-311. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2001000200005.
This study focuses on suicide among the Tikúna Indians on the Upper Solimões River in the Brazilian Amazonia. The very nature of the object requires an interdisciplinary approach. The ethnography is concerned with capturing links among suicides occurring over the last decade, in the process of confrontation between different factions or groups that express, in the present, an older historical context, the mechanisms of conflict characterizing the ancient malocas, or indigenous lodges. At the very base of such confrontations lies the abandonment inflicted on this population, especially the bankruptcy of the health care model proposed for the Upper Solimões area.
Keywords : Suicide; Health; Tikúna; South American Indians.