Entry Title: "Ethnic Relations"
Category: Professional, Press
In November 2011 I went to Tocantins, Brazil, to photograph a cultural and sports event created by Brazilian indians where I had the opportunity to stay together with about 35 ethnic groups from different parts of the country.
During a week involved with the them closely I could notice some importante issues being discussed among them, like: demarcation of land, conservation of culture, alcoholism in the villages, and the image of the indian from their experience in the cities.
In many cases the manners, the ritual religious and the traditional surviving behavior are no longer practiced, which dont make them less indians, but for many times this transitional moment between a peasant community tradition and the modernity of the urban centers, they suffer prejudice when they dont adapt themselves exactly to the efficiency and productivity of the social and economical ideal of the cities and also because they carry a physical feature culturally stigmatized.
Between moments of reflexion about who the indians are and what they think, I photographed the Indigenous Games trying to register some aspects that shape their multiple identities.