Amazon Woman ‘May Be World’s Oldest Woman’

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News Americas, RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Mon. Sept. 5, 2011: A member of the Kaxinawa tribe in the Amazon could be the world’s oldest woman even though the Guinness Book of Records disagrees.

Maria Lucimar Pereira turned 121 over the weekend, having been born in Brazil in 1890. But the Guinness Book of Records says she has not been registered with them and their records show the oldest living woman is 115-year-old American Besse Cooper.

Pereira has never lived in a city and does not speak Portuguese, only the language of her tribe, the Kaxinawa, which inhabits Brazil’s western Amazon and eastern Peru.
She says her longevity is due to a healthy lifestyle – with regular dishes including grilled meat, monkey, fish, the root vegetable manioc and banana porridge, and no salt, sugar or processed foods.

She has never lived in a city and does not speak Portuguese, only the language of her tribe, the Kaxinawa, which inhabits Brazil’s western Amazon and eastern Peru.