Araue is 24 years old; he lives at Pataxo Tribe from Barra Velha, Brazil. Every weekend he goes to Trancoso, that is almost two hours drive from Barra Velha to sell their indigenous jewelry at the beach.
I met him in the summer of 2013, he was selling some beautiful necklaces and crafts made of Brazilian seeds; talking to him I noticed a bracelet that he was wearing that got my attention, I asked about it and he said that they didn't sell this one, that a friend of him made it and it was different from the crafts that they usually sell. He explained to me the name of the seeds he used and I loved the meaning of it.
In our modern world, they fight to keep their traditions. For food they go fishing and make cassava flour. Now they live in brick houses and they get their income from their craft, Brazilian tourism and support from non-profits. They live in completely harmony, with no crimes and jails.
Protecting and Respecting indigenous communities, their land, and their traditions is an invaluable resource in our efforts to combat climate change. Defending indigenous rights involves governments implementing policies that protect indigenous groups, corporations engaging in mutually beneficial relations with indigenous communities and the environment, and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) creating funding models and grants that help to support and grow indigenous societies.
Handmade bracelet by Pataxo Tribe from Barra Velha, north of Bahia, Brazil.
The seeds used are Lagrima de Nossa Senhora (pearl), Sibipiruna (red) and Acai (black). The seed Lagrima de Nossa Senhora is used in many cultures for protection.
“Lagrima de Nossa Senhora” (coix lacryma-jobi), “Tear of Virgin Mary” as it translation, has been used in the traditional Chinese medicine for years, having more than 20 medicinal benefits. It also has many spiritual meanings and significance that varies from place to place. In the state of Bahia and Amazonia, for example, the seed is used in religious rituals and as an adornment to some musicals instruments, they believe that the seed protect them from diseases and negative energy from their enemies. In the states of Recife and in the rural parts of São Paulo, the seeds are used in rosaries; the Christians believe that the seed has the power to relive suffering, referring to events of the Old Testament. The seed is carefully prepared by the nature, naturally perforated, with a shape of a tear, a classic teardrop with graduated silvery grey and pearly white colours. A percentage of the sales goes to Pataxo Tribe in Bahia.
"AWERY" means THANK YOU in the Pataxo language.
Size: Approx. 7’’/ 18 cm (seeds), 3’’/ 8 cm (adjustable cord)
Handmade in Brazil
These images were filmed April 2009, on top of the Monte Pascoal (Easter Mountain).
The Monte Pascoal was the first sight of Brazilian land viewed by Portuguese explorers. The mountain stands symbol for the ``discovery``, as well as the invasion of Brazil.The Monte Pascoal and it's surrounding forests contain the last seizable pieces of Atlantic Rain forest in the North east of Brazil.The Atlantic Rain Forest is one of the most endangered eco systems on our planet, and it`s survival is linked to the survival of the Pataxó tribe. In this film you will hear Chief Aracai Pataxó, of the Pé do Monte reservation.
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BARRA VELHA Barra velha, the 'mother village' was the center of the Pataxo community. Located verily isolated, surrounded by the sea and the Atlantic Forest, the Pataxo community managed to live in relative peace until 1951. In that year a horrific massacre happened to the tribe, which is known as the 'Massacre of Barra Velha'. This massacre made surviving Pataxo's spread out over the south of Bahia, many taking jobs as farmhand, ashamed of their native heritage. After they slowly started returning to their tribal lands, they found that a lot of forest had been cleared multi-national logging companies and that a NTL. park was created(1961). In the last 60 years, the Atlantic Rainforest of the south of Bahia was almost completely cut down. Due to the opening of new roads and the introduction of new technology,loggers managed to almost destroy the forest with the highest recorded bio diversity level of this planet. After the forest was cleared ranchers, and soon a mega eucalyptus farm, took over. For the Pataxo this was a great shock,living in this new green desert, where no animals or tree's or than eucalyptus could be found. Feeling incontent with the loss of their Ancestral land,and in need for forest, the Pataxo decided on 19 of august 1999 to recover their lands, and occupy several area's inside Monte Pascoal National Park (see http://www.nrc.nl/W2/Nieuws/2000/04/22/Vp/06.html - Dutch Article). After some heated moments it was decided in the year 2001 that the National Park, would from now on be managed by the Pataxo Tribe and the I.B.A.M.A together. This was a logical decision, since many of the Pataxo villages are located within the National Park, and both parties should be able to benefit from the cooperation. Monte Pascoal National Park means much to the Pataxo Nation: it means the recovery of their ancestral territory and the possibility of regaining their dignity as a people. The Park also means much to conservationists, which see it as one of the few remnants of the almost entirely destroyed Mata Atlantica forest. At the same time, the Park is also a symbol of the "discovery" and ``invasion`` of Brazil . Source: http://adoptnativetree.com/tribes/pataxo/