Basketry by Mehinako People (Colored)
Inhabitants of the culture area/region known as the upper Xingu (encompassed by the Indigenous Park of the Xingu), the Mehinako belong to a broad complex of peoples who show few differences amongst themselves. They are assiduous participants in the system of trade of the peoples of the upper Xingu. The Mehinako and their cerimonial culture are central to the Xinguan religious system. Many of the most important ritual chants are sung in Mehinako, and many of the spirits also recognized in other villages seem to have names of Arawak origin.