Olodum what? From Bahia in 1979, an Afro-Brazilian carnival group in Salvador created what is now the well-known Olodum Band. "Banda" Olodum is a cultural group, a non-governmental organization (NGO) of public utility recognized by the state government of Bahia. Think of a movement that is grassroots in nature, totally cultural and not-for-profit – this is IT! After their carnival debut of...
Gold vibes from grass? YES! Nature is magical and we must value our precious environment to better preserve and care for our only world. Golden grass, or as it's know in Portuguese Capim Dourado, is a natural grass that only grows in Tocantins, in the North region of Brazil. Its scientific name is Syngonanthus Nitens. Golden grass is abundant in a remote...
Have you ever heard that Brazilians are always late? Well, with the Brazilian spirit in mind, enjoy this late Thanksgiving post. In Brazil we don't necessarily celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday as it is understood by those who treasure the holiday in the North. Brazilians do have a harvest festival though, it is called festa Junina. This celebration happens in...
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...
Where in the world? The Marajoara ceramic art pieces and artifacts are produced in small villages in the margins of the Igarapés, Amazonian streams, from Marajo Island. Marajo Island is actually the largest fluvial marine island in the world. With an area of 40 square km, the Island is located at the mouth of Amazon River, can you imagine how...