Brazilian Indigenous history starts between 17,000 B.C and 13,000 B.C., a time during which North-Asian migrants crossed the Bering Strait. Prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1500, there were circa 2,000 tribes and tens of millions of indigenous people speaking hundreds of different languages.

Culture was – and still is – transmitted orally. But times are changing: most tribes have had in the meanwhile a first contact with modern civilization. Western culture is also spreading quickly among them. In the Xingu Territory, it is estimated that there is a TV in one out of two households. Most adults have a smartphone and are active on social networks. Meanwhile, there are only seven people alive that still speak the Yawalapiti original language. Culture loss is therefore a real concern among all the Xingu tribes.

To safeguard the indigenous culture, AFV seeks to foster art production and the recording, gathering and centralization of the ancestral knowledge via a library/media center. Also, as part of the re-forestry and agroforestry program, a project will be dedicated to identify, record and promote traditional medicine.

Dedicated staff will provide technical support to indigenous associations that currently lack training in administration and project management. In the longer-term, the program will create exchange programs for local and international students and researchers to extend its reach beyond the Xingu Territory and become a model for intercultural dialogue and indigenous culture transmission. 

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