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Book launch, Seminar on Brazilian Cultures, Maori Links

Photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho: Prime Minister John Key perusing a copy of the prototype of the publication gifted by President Dilma Rousseff during his visit to Brazil in March 2013. Also enclosed a shot of the book cover. Other images are available on request.



4 December 2013


TOPIC: Book launch and Seminar on Brazilian Indigenous Cultures and links with Maori Culture

On Tuesday, 10 December 2013, the Embassy of Brazil will launch at Te Papa the bilingual publication “Ngā Kupu nō Parihi 19: Ngā Ahurea Iwi Taketake/Texts from Brazil 19: Indigenous Cultures”, a Brazilian government publication about Brazilian indigenous peoples and cultures translated into Māori by Mr Ratu Tuhou Tibble.

This project, which recognizes the importance of New Zealand’s official languages, aims at contributing to a better knowledge – and eventually interaction – between the indigenous communities from Brazil and New Zealand.

Also as part of the project, on Wednesday, 11 December, from 5 pm, the seminar “Brazilian Indigenous and Maori Cultures” will be held at the new premises of the Brazilian Embassy in Wellington, covering topics such as religion, cuisine, architecture, indigenous films, languages, ethnicity, body art and music, amongst others.

Travelling from Brazil with the support of the Cultural Department of the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations, the main guest speaker will be Dr. Marta do Amaral Azevedo, an Anthropologist and Demographer from the University of Campinas (Unicamp), formerly the president of Funai (National Indian Foundation) - the Brazilian government body that establishes and carries out policies relating to indigenous peoples.

There will also be a musical performance by Brazilian singer Alda Rezende and New Zealand multi-instrumentalist Matiu Te Huki, who will for the first time mix ancestral and modern music from both countries.


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