The Multiethnic Village is a project that, since 2007, aims to promote exchanges and unite indigenous people, to strengthen their individual cultures and unify their struggles , as well as to bring non-indigenous people closer, creating the opportunity for experiences, contact, awareness and knowledge about the cultures and social organization of each ethnicity in a seven-day immersion experience.
We live in a country with over 300 different indigenous groups,with over 200 different languages, where history books with outdated information are still published, as if the indigenous people were the same as those of 517 years ago.
The project brings together people from the Cerrado, Atlantic Rainforest, Caatinga and Amazonia, as well as people from other countries, who showcase their cultures in different ways (songs, dances, gastronomy, body paintings), who share the struggle they have waged to maintain their culture and traditional territories and discuss themes regarding the reality in the villages with indigenous and non-indigenous people, through prose circles and by coexisting daily throughout the event.
Based on the social organization of the indigenous people, the founding ethnicities are Krahô (Tocantins state), Kayapó / Mebengôkré (Pará state), Fulni-ô (Pernambuco state), Guarani Mbya (Santa Catarina state), KaririXocó (Alagoas state), Xavante (MatoGrosso state) and the people of the Upper Xingu (MatoGrosso state). They have the power to invite new ethnicities, to define the schedule of events and to establish the order of the presentations during the event. The leaders of the multiethnic village establish rules and set goals for a peaceful coexistence and for a positive roll out of the project, which for them is also a new way of financing and of keeping the traditional culture of its people alive.