SELVAGEM CHILDREN

Here we pressent the activities developed with and for children, prepared by the Community Children Group based on materials shared by SELVAGEM.

ACTIVITIES

Meetings with children in schools, museums, quilombos and villages to share and build memories.

Children of the Sun – myths in comics
from 16 September 2023 to 18 September 2023
Guarani Mbya villages – Guarani Living School and Tekoá Nhanderekoá

Thinking of movements to strengthen and pass on traditional knowledge with children in indigenous territories and traditional communities, in September 2023 we held the Children of the Sun meeting, an action by our group related to the Ayvu Pará Cycle. Over three days of activities in two Guanani Mbya villages, we brought together children, young people, teachers from the territory and leaders. The purpose of the meeting was to draw comic strips of myths and stories about the territory with the community. 

The guardians of the villages' memories opened the activities by narrating myths in Guarani. In order to turn the myths into comics, workshops were needed to create scripts and drawings. Every activity was accompanied by a community leader and/or teacher, which made the meeting especially beautiful and connected to traditions.

Photos: Veronica Pinheiro

Permission for grandma Clay – clay workshop

23 August 2023
Instituto Tear, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Casa Ateliê, Cotia – SP

Knowledge and practices exchanged concerning the sacred and artistic relationship with clay. The activity was inspired by Francy Baniwa's talk and the testimony of Dona Carol, a Baniwa ceramist, at the meeting Ore ypy rã – Time of Origin. The Children's Group organised a study in order to come up with a children's workshop structure in which clay is not seen as a raw material, but as a sacred being. "My grandmother, the owner of the clay, we've come to collect clay for our work". This is how the Tukano potters say it when they are harvesting the clay. Rethinking the relationship with beings is one of the ways of reducing the waste present in school and artistic processes, as well as expanding the possibilities of intimacy with life. The experience with educators was mediated by artist and educator Angélica Arechavala. The experience took place simultaneously in two studios and online. 

Photos: Angélica Arechavala
Drawing: Angélica Arechavala

The life of the sun on earth

30/06/2023
Omved Garden, Londres

As part of the Meeting at the River, 25 symposium, 25 children from The Hightgate primary school Green Council were invited to listen to Carlos Papá, Cristine Takua and Ailton Krenak telling stories about the Sun from the perspectives of the Guarani and Krenak peoples. The purpose of the workshop was to inspire the children to bring their own interpretations of the narrative and turn them into drawings. These materials were then used to create an animation to be shared with other young people in the UK and Brazil.

Photos: Will Hearle

Animation: The life of the sun on earth
Cosmovisions from the Forest

13/05/2023
Museu de Arte Moderna from Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio)

The meeting brought together the Ore ypy rã – Tempo de Origem and Selvagem projects in a day of exhibitions and activities with songs, dances, talks and autographs of the book Umbigo do mundo, by Francy and Francisco Baniwa. Together with Chico Simões and Anita Ekman, the Children's Group offered a series of workshops on ceramic making. 

Photos: Ju Chalita

The children created memories

13/04/2023
Museu da História e da Cultura Afro-Brasileira (MUHCAB), Rio de Janeiro – RJ

10/05/2023
Lanchonete Lanchonete,Rio de Janeiro – RJ

Meetings held as part of the Ancestral Memories Cycle, at the LanchoneteLanchonete and MUHCAB, between April and May 2023, in Rio de Janeiro. There was storytelling about the creation of the Sun with Francy and Francisco Baniwa, stop motion animation and poetry workshops, panel painting and telescope observation of the sky.

Photos: Mariana Rotili

Animations
The children took the floor

28/03/2023
Jangada Escola, Rio de Janeiro

First in-person meeting with children; a circle of conversations, drawings and lots of imagination. A visit to the Jangada School to listen to the children, a morning of exchanges under and about the sun. The activity was attended by the school's classes, teachers and educators. 

 

Photos: Cout Produções

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