This is a great time of the year for international travelers and expats in São Paulo with their families. Members of the Kuikuro group from the Xingu Indigenous Park are at Toca da Raposa, about 36 miles from the capital, for their annual visit to a replica of their village and interactions with visitors.
There is nothing ersatz about the visit; the success of the project, which has now reached its 16th year, is due to the active participation of the group in determining its outlines and practices.
At the Toca da Raposa village, kids can learn about the Kuikuro's daily life, enjoy traditional dances, and find out how the group's art is created.
For grown-ups, the visit, now in its second weekend, is a great opportunity to learn more about the richness of Brazilian indigenous life and the particular challenges of Xingu groups, faced with the polemic approval of construction of the Belo Monte Dam, threatened by encroachments on their land and the pressures of modern society upon their young.
The indigenous reservation is among Brazil's hot topics due to the national release, last Friday, of Xingu, a movie directed by Cao Hamburger (The Year my Parents Went on Vacation), produced by Fernando Meirelles (director of The Constant Gardener) and based on the story of the three Villas-Bôas brothers and indigenous rights advocates - Orlando, Cláudio and Leonardo - involved in the park's creation.
Kuikuro Visit to Toca da Raposa
Weekends and holidays through May 20, 2012