It was at the sound momentum of whelk (traditional instrument) and lots of fun, that we did the HUNI KUĨ CHILDREN’S MANUAL, project Tecendo Saberes. In it we speak of what we know up close: life in our village in the Rio Humaita Kaxinawá Indigenous Land in Acre , near the border with Peru. We show a bit who we are and what we like, the stories we heard from our grandparents, our language, our games, our way of life. After showing the book and the videos of our manual for children of Rio Branco city we made ​​a garland in the village to celebrate. For you who were there, here you can watch the nine short films that are part of the...

Retrospective 2013

Every day, Instituto Catitu strives to support indigenous women in their fight for their rights and their greater role. In January, the Project of Audiovisual Training for Indigenous women took to São Paulo kawaiweté women of the Xingu Indigenous Land to edit the recorded material about the cooking. We worked with photos and footage shot by them, from the harvest of the main food to preparation recipes, thus recording the vast agricultural and culinary knowledge of Kawaiweté people. In September, another video workshop was held with the Xingu village Kwaruja women continuing their training and project on traditional cuisine. Instituto Catitu also provided support to the Meeting of Indigenous Women of the Xingu, conducted by the Yamurikumã Association, aiming to strengthen the role of women in the Xingu Indigenous Park. The meeting brought together 320 people, including 250 women from 16 ethnic groups. It was part of the agenda to discuss the role that the Yamurikumã Association should exercise for women to have more political power and participation in decision-making within and outside the Indigenous Land. By supporting a women’s organization and audiovisual training, Instituto Catitu seeks to create conditions for the Xingu women to express themselves in their own perspective and encourage the emergence of young leaders. Ikpeng Culture Documentation Center – a unique project that brings together the village cultural production. In the Moygu village on the Xingu, we conducted a workshop of the Kureko project, continuing the training of young people responsible for the digital database of Ikpeng Culture Documentation Center, a unique project that brings together and provides access to its cultural production. The activities take place...

Talk Circles of Xingu Women

Objective In 2014 a broad discussion with the women of the Xingu Indigenous Land was held to strengthen their organization, the Yamurikumã Association of Xingu Women. The meetings occurred in lower , middle and high Xingu villages in Sobradinho (Kawaiwete ethnicity) , Kwarujá (Kawaiwete ethnicity), CTL Pavuru with the support of Arayo Village (Ikpeng ethnicity) and Yawalapíti Village (Yawalapíti ethnicity). About 350 women from diferents ethnic groups met to discuss the problems they and their communities are going through and to think strategies to face them together.   Why did Xingu women organize? Why did Xingu women organize? The Xingu women came together to have a greater voice and participation in decisions about important issues that affect their lives, such as the tourism project in the villages, construction of hydroelectric plants, roads and other projects that impact the environment, culture and health of the Xingu. They also addressed issues related to the interaction with the surrounding cities, such as feeding with city products, health, non-organic waste, prostitution, alcoholism, violence and misuse of the image of women. The Xingu women seek to have more access to information, financial support and technical assistance to carry out projects that meet their interests. Instituto Catitu and Yamurikumã Association wish, through this project, to strengthen the union of the Xingu village women with those living in cities, so that they can defend their ideas and their rights inside and outside the Indigenous Land.   The Circles So that women from all regions could participate, we traveled the Xingu River from north to south of the Indigenous Territory for 30 days in many boats taking...

Yamurikumã Association: strengthening the women of Xingu!

Instituti Catitu along with Yamurikumã Association want to celebrate the International Day of Indigenous woman with you, who recognize their importance, not only within their societies as for the planet. You can support us!

Meeting of xinguan women shown in video in four different languages

The Meeting of Xinguan Women (October 2013) was shot integrally by Kawaiweté female filmmakers, capacitated at the audiovisual workshops of Instituto Catitu and will be made available in four indigenous languages to help with distribution in the villages