Print version ISSN 0103-4979
AZEVEDO, Marta. Reproductive health and indigenous women of the High Rio Negro. Cad. CRH [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.57, pp. 463-477. ISSN 0103-4979. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-49792009000300003.
The present paper describes and analyzes High Rio Negro indigenous women's own conceptions about reproductive health, relating them to fecundity indicators. Qualitative information point to a detailed and complex knowledge that area's indigenous women possess on their bodies and the care with their health. The fecundity levels and age patterns are related with the women's ethnicity, and, therefore, to the traditional healthcare system of these peoples. This research was developed between 1997 and 2003, in the Iauaretê area Indigenous Land High Rio Negro (AM), and had as first source of data Rio Negro's Autonomous Indigenous Census. CIARN., executed by the Federation of Rio Negro's Indigenous Organizations. FOIRN. in 1992.
Keywords : indigenous peoples; the northwestern Amazon; indigenous health; demography and health; women's health.