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The Portuguese word tubarão means ‘shark’, but this is not the origin of the name Tubarão. According to Dr. Dequech, the name Tubarão is a corruption of a Salamãi personal name Gubalum, which was sometimes also pronounced as Subalum. Gubalum was apparently a brother of Telemaco. According to the Kwaza Antonhão, a certain Tuparão was member of Telemaco’s group. According to the Aikanã Canderé, who claims to be of “true Tubarão” descent (pronounced by him as [tuba'ðãw]), the name is probably related to the ethnonym Tupari.

Mario got used to my endless questioning very soon and became a friend and outstanding teacher to me, who showed an active interest in the language, did not lose his patience and who often thought ahead of me, spontaneously volunteering alternative constructions, urging me to record certain tales, and keeping up the pace in tedious matters to get it over with. Mario appears to have the greatest interest of all Kwaza in the history of the Kwaza and Aikanã and he was happy to teach me about all these things.

It forms a cluster of about five families where also a school building (often out of function) is located. About five other families live more dispersed. Barroso is mainly a Kwaza settlement. It is located between 15 and 25 kilometres to the south and southeast of Gleba and consists of five families in a row at an average distance of five kilometres. Latundê is the most isolated settlement. It is inhabited by three Latundê families and it is situated near the eastern savannah, at about ten kilometres distance from the easternmost Barroso family.

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