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Northeast brazil was where the first encounter between portuguese and native brazilians took place. Many people assume that indigenous peoples from this region have long gone extinct or have been assimilated through racial admixture. Brazilian amerindians are thought to live only in the amazon region while in fact they live in each region of brazil, incl the Northeast.
During the last decades there has been a resurgence of local people reclaiming their amerindian idenity, some of it may be genuine some of it may be motivated by legal advantages when obtaining official status.
Comparable to the situation of amerindian peoples on the northeast coast of USA, often dilluted bloodlines because of admixture plus most exposed to western cultural influences because of early colonial impact.
I know this guy from a traditional festival in São Paulo city where traditional comunities like caipiras, caiçaras, indigenous and quilombola gathers to show their traditions. This guy I think is from the litoral, from the Bananal reserve of Peruíbe, they are old guaranis I think from the Carijó nation, they call themselves tupi, this guy is the chieftain, his name is Ubiratã.
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This tribe is one of the most traditional, their shaman, Pajé Guayrá is quite known among the people that go to the folcloric festivals, they gathered with another tribes and with the help of some entities their record a CD of traditional guarani songs called Kangwa'á. Their culture is well preserved and their first language is the guarani, not portuguese.
''Sou caboclo legionário
Um Bandeirante Paulista
Cada cruiz no calendário
É dum herói nacionalista
E cubrimo seu calvário
No emblema das treze lista ''
some of them do indeed, i think from all native americans brazilids might show the greatest overlap with SE asians.
Originally Posted by Maroon King
these are mixed predominantly Amerind people genetically and culturally. I would think they score this Amerind/Afro/Euro just like my maternal grandmother.
The reason the afro admix seems to be bigger than the euro probably has to do with the way these native groups got in contact and intermingled with other marginzalized peoples in NE brazil, among them would be landless pardo peasants but also descendants of runaway slaves (quilombolas).
Originally Posted by Audubon
I see a lot of zambos.
most if not all of them should also have an euro component and would therefore be triracial. But I think this Tupinamba girl might be predom. zamba/cafuza.