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A canoe of transformation, a palm tree (pindó), pillar of the Earth.
Each Living School plants a possibility for transformation and for sustaining worlds.

Indigenous projects to strengthen and pass on their traditional knowledge.

Each people has a particular way of preparing and protecting its people, from before birth until after death. They build life from memories, learning, practices and rituals that sustain the culture of their worlds.

Today it is essential to support them, as they face the exhaustion caused by the abuses resulting from the incessant production of merchandise that causes the imbalance of the biosphere.

The Living Schools initiative is coordinated by Cristine Takuá, a Maxakali educator, mother, midwife, thinker, who has lived in the Rio Silveira Indigenous Land of the Guarani-Mbya people for 20 years with her partner Carlos Papá Porã Mirim and their children Kauê and Djeguaká. Cris Takuá takes care of the dialogue with the projects and shares in quarterly reports the experiences of the Living Schools Shubu Hiwea, Huni Kuï; Aldeia Escola Floresta, Maxakali; Mbya Arandu Porã, Guarani Mbya; Bahserikowi, Tukano-Desana-Tuyuka, and Wanheke Ipanana Wha Walimanai, Baniwa Living School.

The experience of working with the immense wisdom of indigenous peoples resulted in Selvagem, a cycle of studies on life. Therefore, as an expression of our gratitude, since 2022 we have been taking care of the financial maintenance of the Living Schools, raising the funds that guarantee R$8,000.00 per month for each project. This action is supported by Saúva, a non-profit organisation that receives and forwards donations made by individuals and institutions to the supported Living Schools.

The Living Schools don't need to be the classic formal schools. Living schools are hives, tree shades, and ancient songs. It is the mycorrhiza, the ritual, the daily making of baskets, textiles, ceramics, artifacts of beauty, and life practices. Everything is medicine in the living school because everything heals and protects. 


Every indigenous land is a living school. This project involves only 5 territories, which have always been and are living schools, even before the journey with Selvagem. 

Living School is the term that Dua Busë, coordinator of the Shubu Hiwea Huni Kuï Living School, has always used to describe the work of knowledge transmission that he does and is done in his village.


Your collaboration => Saúva Fund => it transfers
the sum of 8,000 Reals a month to each of the four
of the four Living Schools.


Colonisation and the ensuing process of acculturation of native peoples resulted in the silencing of traditional knowledge and practices. The intolerant Eurocentrism of the period of the great discoveries disrespected the originary peoples, imposing another way of being, catechising and prohibiting their spiritual practices.

For decades, indigenous schooling education has penetrated communities, unbalancing their own ways of transmitting knowledge. Guided by this concern, we dream of strengthening a living and happy space so that ancestral knowledge and practices can be transmitted to children and young people.

The Living Schools emerge from the impulse to make the dream of encouraging and strengthening four learning centers that disseminate traditional knowledge come true. Two of them are in the Amazon forest and two in the Nhe’ery forest, with the Huni Kuï, Tukano, Maxakali and Guarani Mbya. These four centers have been resisting and developing activities for years, but face many challenges due to lack of financial support.

The main objective of supporting the Living Schools is to give back our respect and gratitude to the immense wisdom of the indigenous peoples, strengthening their territories and ancestral memories. Many knowledge and practices are no longer in use due to impositions from the capitalist world. These memories, however, have not died. They are just dormant. To awaken them, an active and creative collective is needed to row the canoe of transformation, traversing the various narratives and bringing to the day-to-day this knowledge that is so important for life.

While the maracás are sounding inside the houses of prayer,
the women with their takuapu pulsing in the earth,
the children singing and the prayers
chanting the good and beautiful sacred words
there will still be resistance.
In every seed of corn, cotton, pumpkin,
of tabaco, mandioca, palmito, cambuci,
of jaracatiá, pacuri, embiruçu, taioba,
of pariparobabanana, peanut,
of sacred plants that heal
being cultivated there will still be the certainty
that these dark times will pass.
The way is resistance and resilience
inside everyone's heart!
Resist to survive!
To believe not to stop dreaming!
Cristine Takuá

"I am CRISTINE TAKUÁ, of the Maxakali people, educator, mother, midwife, thinker, and I like to take care of plants and learn from them. I am the director of the Maracá Institute and together with other leaders I have been developing projects for cultural strengthening. I studied Philosophy at UNESP (São Paulo State University), at Marília's Campus, and I have been thinking for years about Amerindian philosophies and the possibilities of decolonization of thought, to counteract the colonial monoculture that dominates the ways of knowledge transmission. I am one of the founders of FAPISP (Forum for Articulation of Indigenous Teachers of São Paulo). I take care of the dialogue with the four Living Schools, reflecting on interchanges and contributing to the continuity of these dreams."

Shubu Hiwea
Living School
Apne Ixkot Hâmhipak
Forest School Village
Mbya Arandu Porã
Culture Point
Indigenous Medicine
Wanheke Ipanana
Wha Walimanai

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