Enjoy this tour of 150 years of Brazilian history through photography and other iconography.
You may have seen, this week, the first images of a group of isolated Amazonian Indians that live near the Peru-Brazilian border. This is the moving aerial footage produced by José Carlos Moraes, from Funai, the federal agency responsible for Native Brazilians affairs. It was published a few hours ago by The New York Times Green blog.
You may be under the impression – like most people – that Portuguese is the only language spoken in Brazil. In fact, 0.5% of the population (around 750,000 people) are native speakers of 200 other languages, including the indigenous ones.
According to Instituto Socioambiental (ISA), a non-profit that has the best statistics on the country’s native population, the 225 remaining Brazilian ethnic groups speak 180 different languages. A few Native groups abandoned their original languages and embraced other languages, such as Portuguese and French Creole (spoken in neighboring French Guyana).
Some of the Native languages remain relatively strong and are spoken by over 20,000 people. On the other hand, some are vanishing and are used by less than a couple dozen individuals. Continue reading Brazilian Babel