Tribes Alive is the public face of Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust (IPCST), a charitable trust based in England and registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, registration number 1050461.

Xicrin children

Xicrin children, Bacaja Village.

Tribes Alive works with indigenous tribal people in Brazil. Our projects are concentrated in the catchments of the Xingu and Araguaia rivers, in the States of Mato Grosso and Pará.

We are involved with two kinds of activities. We work with local communities and organisations set up by tribal indigenous communties to develop programmes at their request which contribute to their self-sufficiency, independence and well-being. We also have an on-going public information programme of exhibitions, illustrated multimedia talks and concerts in Brazil, the UK and other parts of the world.

Matipu warrior

Matipu warrior during the Hummingbird festival

We develop all our projects in collaboration with Indian communities to ensure that our activities are appropriate and sustainable.

Tribes Alive has no employees. The IPCST trustees act as executive and field representatives, and fulfil the other necessary functions of the charity on an unpaid voluntary basis.

We have been outstandingly successful in ensuring that funds raised are used for the purposes for which they are intended. The charity is small and has low overheads, so money raised is applied directly to specific projects and programmes.