Historically, the Guarani had few opportunities to speak for themselves, and many spoke for them. The Forest Experience is meant to give them the chance to determine how they want to be known. And they begin the experience exactly as they usually do within their culture: when an outsider comes to visit, they first dance together, do the smoking ceremony, eat and sing, and only then do they talk
And since the experience only introduces the participant to the Guarani culture, here are other resources for those who would like to know more and thus become allies of this people.
1) Who are the Guarani, according to the Guarani
According to Karai-Mirí, also called Lídio, member of the Jacy Porã Village, “The Guarani people, or the Guarani Nation, is a tribe and an ancient dialect. We are a lineage that has no borders, because they can find us in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and we branched in Mbya-Guarani, Tupi-Guarani, Kaiowa-Guarani, but we are Mbya-Guarani . We speak in Mbya-Guarani, but we have an identity with a name in Castilian as well. Our culture is ancestral, with our beliefs in the Sun, the Moon, in nature, our respect for the elders, especially the grandparents, and the younger. We maintain a community, working in community, and everything is decided in assemblies, respecting the opinions of the most important people, the grandparents. In our culture, there is no written calendar, no hierarchy or monarchy. We believe in the spiritual part, and to this day we continue to maintain that”.
And Lidio ends with a question for you: “And you, who are you?”.
2) Visits to the village
You are welcome to visit the Mbya-Guarani and Iriapu villages, which stand side by side. The villages are located at Av. República Argentina, 94, 3370ARN, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina (in front of the Ivy Hotel de Selva).
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