The Tupi were the first indigenous Brazilian people encountered by Portuguese navigators at the beginning of the 16th Century. They were a fierce warrior people, for whom inter-tribal feuds and wars were commonplace. The Europeans learned that the Tupi liked to take prisoners, which at first glance might not seem so bad. They would treat you well. They would care for you, feed you, befriend you, and even offer you a wife. But come the next Feast Day – they would eat you.