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Isolated in the Amazon Posted by on Nov 2, 2010

The FUNAI, or the Fundação Nacional do Índio, is the Brazilian governmental organization in charge of protecting and advocating for Brazil’s indigenous populations. Created in 1967, the agency not only helps provide education and basic services to tribes, but also promotes the study and understanding of tribal populations and indigenous culture. Also, one of the…

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Children of the Amazon Posted by on May 3, 2010

One thing you can do to help learn Portuguese is to keep your eyes peeled for films and documentaries about Brazil in your area. So here’s a tip: Children of the Amazon recently premiered on American TV stations and in film festivals around the world. Be sure to look for reruns on your local station…

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Reading Comprehension: Internet Dating Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

For today’s reading comprehension, we’re going to read a BBC Brasil article about an indigenous couple who met on the Internet. Casal indígena se conhece na internet Excerpt: “O casal Gasodá Suruí e Maria Leonice, ou Tori Tupari, seu nome indígena, se conheceu pela Internet e até casou pela rede. Eles são um exemplo de…

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Sting Meets With Brazilian Indigenous Leaders Posted by on Nov 23, 2009

Yesterday, British pop star Sting met with several indigenous leaders Caiapó tribe to discuss the Brazilian government’s plans to construct a massive hydroelectric plant in the state of Pará, which would affect the Caiapó’s lands. Sting met the leaders twenty years ago on the Xingu reservation, which inspired him to create a non-profit, the Rainforest…

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Brazilian Indigenous Art Exposition in New York Posted by on Oct 28, 2009

For all of you in New York and in the U.S. Northeast, be sure to check out the exhibit sponsored by the Sociedade da Língua Portuguesa da Organização das Nações Unidas (UNSRC), known in English as the UN Portuguese Language Society. The UNSRC will host an exhibit featuring one hundred pieces by eight indigenous artists…

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Listening Comp: Chief Almir Surui Posted by on Sep 8, 2009

Today, we’re going to watch a video about the Amazon and an indigenous tribe there, and the work the tribe’s chief has done to combat deforestation and to use technology to connect his tribe to the world and to protect the environment. Part of the video is in Portuguese with English subtitles, and the other…

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Accidental Archaeological Discovery in Amapá Posted by on Jul 3, 2009

This week, construction workers discovered an ancient indigenous burial ground while building a school in Laranjal do Jari, in the northeastern state of Amapá. The site contains ceramic artifacts that could be up to 2,000 years old. After the site was discovered, local archaeologists were called in to assess the findings. They found fifty funeral…

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