This initiative is focused on developing a center of intercultural exchange through music, dance and art expressions of indigenous and non-indigenous people. With your donations, we will be able to build the actual structure in the village and participate in the safe-keeping of indigenous traditions. It is so important to protect ancestral cultures. For all of you that appreciate these rituals and sacred ceremonies, this is an opportunity to do the real work and fund tangible projects that have a real long-term impact locally.
•communal kitchen: 2,000 USD
•classrooms, workshops and art department: 4,000 USD
•house of traditional medicine: 1,000USD
•workshop traditional medicine: 1,500USD
•shower space and eco toilets: 1,000USD
*extra fees: 500USD
The indigenous families around Igarape Caucho were most affected by losing their freedom, identity and tradition during the invasion during the Amazon Rubber Boom from 1879 – 1912. Many of the cities in the Acre state of Brazil are a melting pot of different indigenous cultures as well as farmers and mestizo (non-indigenous people). Many indigenous youth leave their villages to study in the city and they become disconnected from their community and traditional cultures. This is because, many times, they lack a place to practice their language, music and dances. This initiative is focused on developing a center of intercultural exchange through music, dance and art expressions of indigenous and non-indigenous people near some larger urban areas of Acre where many indigenous youth spend part of their time.
For many of the indigenous communities native language, music, art and traditional practices are an important part of their culture.
The center will help them learn about and maintain their cultural values, language and spirituality. In spite of persecution and evangelization, many of these communities have managed to preserve their culture but they still struggle because of globalization and the effects of media and technology.
Today, the state of Acre has become an attraction to travelers and nature lovers from all over Brazil and the world. Many indigenous villages have opened to groups of visitors to come and stay in their villages and partake in different celebrations and ceremonies. This has encouraged youth to take pride in their culture and to be more interested in their traditions. Today we see interest from people all around the world in learning about ancestral cultures, both in Acre and outside, and this is a way to build bridges between ancestral traditions and modern society.