TAPAJÓS INDIGENOUS ART EXHIBITION
Held since 2016, the Tapajós Indigenous Art Exhibition, which in the Nheengatú indigenous language means Mukameẽsawa Tapajowara Kitiwara (MUTAK), takes place in Alter do Chão, in the Borari Indigenous Territory, in the Municipality of Santarém, Western Pará. Among songs, dances, cuisine and arts, MUTAK makes it possible to meet and unite the 13 indigenous peoples of Baixo-Tapajós: Apiaka, Arara Vermelha, Arapiun, Borari, Munduruku Cara-Preta, Kumaruara, Munduruku, Maytapú, Jaraqui, Tapuia, Tapajó, Tupaiú e Tupinambá.
These original peoples, who for centuries have lived in a scenario of violation of their fundamental rights, between seizures of their territories, denial of their identity, lack of public policies by the State and devastation of their lands. They are mobilized in this context to promote MUTAK and create a platform of actions and activities of ancestral artistic expression, in order to highlight their ancestry, contributing to the protection of memory and especially the valorization of the ancient knowledge and practices of the people from this Amazonian Earth.
Each people in the Baixo-Tapajós region brings their ethnic uniqueness, their joy and their strength. MUTAK proudly comes to promote the exchange of the 13 indigenous peoples of this region and wants to share with you our experiences.
I MUTAk - EXPERIENCING OUR ANCESTRALITY
Pre-event preparations: Puxirum da parentada, which honored the event with a lot of storytelling, poetry, body painting, art sales, indigenous cuisine and a lot of music. I MUTAK provided interaction of the general public, between national and international tourists, in particular the Indians of the Lower Tapajós and other regions. The most anticipated moment was the Kunhãs Parade, the flower Ritual and Tarubá.
iiI MUTAk - CELEBRATING ANCESTRALITY, CULTURE AND RESISTANCE
The waters of the Tapajós witnessed again the histories, customs and language in the meeting of the peoples in the III MUTAK. An event consecrated by Kitiwara creativity (way of living) with the authenticity and autonomy of the peoples of the region. That year, the novelty was the Etnoestilo fashion show, with Nilva and Nalva Borari, who brought the Indigenous Representativeness to the runway, inspired by Tapajonic ceramics with design and clothes developed by the Surara Borari brand.
II MUTAK- OUR WATERS, OUR SACRED
With the protection of the Tapajós River, the 4 days of the second edition counted with the participation of more than 30 artists who brought the cultural diversity of the 13 ethnic peoples. This edition was marked with the presence of our pajé and pullers, who contributed with the medicine of the forest and prayers. That year, the communication was supported by the Federal University of Western Pará - UFOPA, which was crucial to cover the event. Baths, Benzitions and Ritual pulled by Pajé Sacaca Paulinho Borari from Tabocal and the Maria Tapajó handle by T.I. Cobra Grande.
We are the organizing team of MUTAK, a platform that gives visibility to the 13 ethnic groups of Baixo-Tapajós through Art, held every two years.
The Mutak organizing team is composed mainly of Borari indigenous women, who believe in the strength of the peoples of Baixo-Tapajós and non-indigenous collaborators to prevail respect for diversity and cooperation between nations.
We also believe in the cultural and ecological coexistence of humanity, starting from art as a common point for dialogue, awareness and celebration of life!
Nice meeting you, we are MUTAK!