Young people of NGO conduct interviews with residents of one of Rio’s most famous neighborhoods to map the legacy of African culture

Black Women of Brazil

Young people walked the alleys of the favela in search of people who maintained African traditions. Dona Bahia (center) is one of the personalities in the book Young people walked the alleys of the favela in search of people who maintained African traditions. Dona Bahia (center) is one of the personalities in the book

Note from BW of Brazil: This sounds like an exciting project and I am definitely look forward to seeing its results! Brazil, in a very general way, has a problem with the importance of its African-derived legacy and this cultural heritage is often a source of embarrassment and shame for those who have been indoctrinated with negative stereotypes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. One glaring example of these negative stereotypes is the ongoing assault and demonization of Afro-Brazilian religions. Of course one project by an NGO can’t possibly turn around centuries of prejudice disseminated throughout Brazilian society, but it’s good step in helping some young people learn the importance of this legacy. 

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