Trees are Life Full of variety, nourishment and growth, can't even imagine a life without trees. Embaúba The Embaúba (Cecropia obtusifolia) is a Brazilian tree known for regenerating the forests! The species produces a large quantity of seeds: it is estimated that about one million of them can be found in only one kilo. This tree is found in riparian woods mainly...
Learn about Music, Costumes, Extravagance and the Spirit of Brazilian Carnival The anthropologist and journalist Haroldo Costa states in the introduction of his book 100 years of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro: "The Carioca carnival is one of the most legitimate expressions of the Brazilian way of being. So much so that, escaping from the geographic sphere of our city, its transformation...
Carnival blocks, what? They can be categorised as groups of people who go to the streets throughout Carnival season in a more or less organised way. In Brazilian Portuguese this would be called, "Blocos de Carnaval". How do Carnival street parties work? Generally, the carnival blocks follow predefined urban paths (main streets and avenues in the cities). They are popular and very...
Who are the Yawanawá? Yawanawá is an indigenous tribal group from the Amazon. The Yawanawá people in Brazil are located in the state of Acre, in the western part of the Brazilian Amazon Forest. There are over 1000 Yawanawá, living in 7 tribal villages. The name Yawanawá translates as ‘The People of the Wild Boar’. In Brazil, the largest country in South...
Artisanal handicrafts are a culture thing! The diverse nature of Brazilian culture has resulted in unique, innovative and wonderful art characterized by the mixture or prominence of Indigenous, African or European influences. Not a lot of people know this, but Brazil has also experienced great influxes of immigrants from Japan and the Middle East. In the complex, modern, contemporary...
What is Xingu? Xingu has many connotations. There exists a Xingu Indigenous Park, which is legal Indigenous land (established in 1961) and Xingu peoples live there (for centuries). The park is in the north east of the state of Mato Grosso, in the south of the Amazon biome. We wrote about biomes too, read here. The park's official purposes are to protect...

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