West Amazonid

Group: Amazonid


Amazonid subtype, the most frequent type in the Western Amazon rainforest. Common among Arawakan speakers, typical groups are Yawalapiti, Asháninka, Mashco-Piro, Piapoco, Wayuu, among others. Possibly originated in Colombian savannahs and expanded to the Caribbean and Amazonia, where older Lagoid elements were assimilated. Has partially been pushed back by North Amazonids and Isthmids in the centuries prior to European contact.

Physical Traits:

Medium (yellowish/reddish) brown skin. Straight or slightly wavy hair. (Rather) short, macro- mesoskelic, ectomorph to endomorph. Mesocephalic, sometimes brachycephalic, mildly hypsicranic. Meso-, sometimes platyrrhine nose. Face oval with relatively soft features, broad forehead, slightly receding chin. Eyes slanting, Mongolian fold rare.


Has been described as the western group of Brasilid by Eickstedt (1934) like Lundman (1967), who called it Amazonid, which is synonymous and was also used by Imbelloni (1952) and Kunter (1987). Imbelloni (1958) regarded the western Amazonids to overlap with a Lago-Fuegid substratum.

Similar types:

Isthmid North Amazonid
Lagoa Santa South Amazonid
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