Índios do Brasil

"Die, if necessary, but never kill!"


Versão brasileira


Brazilian Indians



In 1907, the Brazilian Government charged Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon with the task of building a telegraph line between the capital and the territories of Amazonas, Acre, Alto Purus and Alto Juruá.  His expedition met with much resistance from the region’s indigenous populations.  Although Rondon did not permit the massacre of Indians as previous explorers had, he still failed to prevent the indigenous populations from acquiring much from European’s culture and habits.

This documentary uses information collected from the Rondon Commission to record how the different indigenous populations lost their cultural independence.





Heitor Villa-Lobos, Marlui Miranda, Silvestre Revueltas, Guilherme Rondon, Almir Sater, Paulo Simões, Naná Vasconcelos, Pajé Sapaim







Research & Direction

Sérvulo Siqueira

Animation & Editing

Aruanã Cavalleiro




Indigenous People

Serra da Capivara



Literary Sources

Gonçalves Dias, Darcy Ribeiro, Claudio e Orlando Villas Bôas, José Carlos Mariátegui

 Running time: 62’