Xapiri – the Guarani

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For Septembers Xapiri blog, we write from Brazil where we will be staying for the coming months, visiting and working with various indigenous tribes in the region. Our focus is to develop our relationships with the communities, to improve the structure for artisan fair trade and to create media aimed at giving an authentic impression into the people’s way of life.

On the 10th September we made our first visit to the Guarani Ñandeva village in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro where one extended family of approximately 40 people live, continuing their traditional way of life in the rainforest situated on the stunning mountainous slopes, a short drive outside the town of Paraty.

We were warmly welcomed to the village and shortly found ourselves sitting with the elders passing around a drink of cold mate (a traditional South American herbal drink) and talking about the village and its history. The Guarani people are split into 3…

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