Essay "The Krahôs"


In the Kraho cosmogony, Katam'jê represents the west, green vegetation, nocturnal animals, cold and humid. The Wakme'jê represents the dry season, the summer, the spring, the dry vegetation, the diurnal animals and the heat.

The way to harmonize with the great mysteries of life under heaven is to strike the balance between these opposing forces.

The Potato Festival (or "jot-yon-pin") is an important milestone in this process: it celebrates the alternation between the two seasons (dry and rainy) and between the two parties (Katam'jê and Wakme'jê) in power, fundamental facts for the maintenance of the balance of the universe.

This is the basis of life and stability in the community.

The party lasts about a week and during this period there are several rituals of union, worship and relaxation.

At night, in the central courtyard of the village, a maracá player rules the songs of Hokrepôj, which are sung by a chorus of women and celebrate Nature.

During the day, they prepare the Paparuto, or KUŸR-KUPU - which is a large cake made of cassava or corn with meat or fish over it and roasted rolled over banana leaves.

Members of several families come together to make the paparuto: they grate the cassava, set the dough on banana leaves and create huge bonfires where, during the night, the dough will be cooked which will become a collective meal the next morning. A ritual that strengthens the concept of union.

The natural cycles, the mysterious forces that give the rhythm to life on Earth, all the magic and grandeur of the universe integrate the Krahôs with the environment where they live and where they celebrate life.

Essay "Krahô's Potraits"


To be Indian


Serious faces, but not angry, concentration on the activities of the moment, live the present.

São Paulo - Brasil