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PAGLIARO, Heloisa; MENDONCA, Sofia  and  BARUZZI, Roberto. Fertility and reproductive health of women Suya (Kisêdjê): demographic and cultural. Cad. CRH [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.57, pp. 479-491. ISSN 0103-4979.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-49792009000300004.

Since 1970, the Suyá, an Indigenous people, inhabitants of the Xingu Indigenous Park (MT), has been experiencing a demographic recovery, as well as it has been happening with other Brazilian Indigenous peoples. Recent studies analyse the reasons that have led to a reversion of the long depopulation process undergone by Indigenous peoples in Brasil. The conjecture that the Suyá's demographic recovery was due to social and cultural changes that reflected in their reproductive behavior was the reason for this study that describes their fertility levels and patterns between 1970 and 2007. Data is based on continuous vital statistics and field research. Results analysis is grounded on their sociocultural system and historical knowledge of the Suyá's reproductive health.

Keywords : Suyá; Indigenous demography; fertility of Indigenous women; Brasil's Indigenous peoples.

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