START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good

Olga Lustosa

"Nothing I do makes sense if I do not touch other people hearts"

Cuiaba, Brazil
female, age 55
single, 2 children
Speaks: spanish, english

My Page Billboard


photo 3.JPG

photo 1.JPG
photo 2.JPG

foto _65_.JPG




CHAPADA 2013.jpg

Chapada Olga e Mirante no fundo.jpg

olga chapada.jpg


The National Park of Xingú is not only a place of painted indians. Its a fascinating, colored and legendary world. Here, people believe in the human being,in nature, in spirits. I have the great pride of being from Mato Grosso and having visited the National Park of the Xingu many, many times


Inside the lits of the National Park of Xingu, there is a region called  Upper Xingu, made up of 14 ethnic groups, the village Yawalapiti where lives the legendary leader Aritana, held the Kuarup or Quarup, a beautiful ritual where the Indians mourn and honor the dead, in a ceremony where they play, sing and fight the huka-huka. This ceremony, that typically happens at the Upper Xingu, moving from one village to another because it occurs where some important member of the community has died.  

The chief Aritana is the most respected leader of the Upper Xingu. He took over the leadership of Yawalapiti people, about 30 years ago and until now, he fights tirelessly for the preservation of the culture and habits of the Xingu Indians and  strives to show young people the importance of being what they really are: Indians.

The Yawalapiti´s village that is  commanded by chief Aritana and his son Tapi, is all circular, with a clean square in the center where all celebrations happen and it is also the place they bury their dead. The man´s house causes curiosity. A building like the others, but with lower doors. The flutes are stored inside, trapped the central beam. Women are not allowed there.  The attention turns to the guardians of the flute that roam the hollow just presenting the outputs of cloistered virgins. As the village is circular, it is impossible to imagine how many rounds they given in the three days I was there. The virgins dance behind the guardians shy and hide when they stop to rest inside a hollow. This ritual marks the passage from childhood to adulthood and at the end, the girls are ready to marry.

In the morning, three trunks begin to be decorated under a tent. Around them, the relatives of the deads are sit. They cry and stop…cry and stop. When the sun begins to set the ritual start in the village center. The relatives of the dead gather, weep copiously, three light bonfires, around which, sing songs and dance all night. Gradually they arrive from other indigenous ethnic groups, the arrival is greeted with joy. They camp in the woods, a little distant from the center of the Village Yawalapiti.

 Sunday is the day of the expected fight huka-huka. The warriors anoint the body with oil. I've seen some that have undergone scratches made on the arms and legs with teeth of fish to increase strength. The Yawalapiti are confident in the warrior Leo, a young man who stood out because he prepared intensively for the fight. He has not lost a fight in more than two hours of fighting.

Around noon, the ornate trunks are deposited into the river. It's the end of the ceremony.




foto 1 _34_.JPG

foto 5 _11_.JPG
Pantanal Mato-grossense



Bando de maritacas.jpg




For defending human rights this year with Amnesty International, we say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Personal Professional Contact Singles
Introduce yourself to Olga
  Home Contact Info
City Cuiaba 
State/Province, Country , Brazil 
Home Page  
  Work Contact Info
City Cuiaba 
State/Province, Country Mato Grosso, Brazil 
  Introduce yourself to Olga
My Thank You Notes
Friends of Olga

Bernd J.

Bernadette H.

Dianne Lynn E.

Vyjayanti G.

Agnes N.

View all: 163 friends
Olga's Photos


foto 3 _9_.JPG

Monkey 2.JPG
192 photos, 14 albums »
My Video    
Loading video...
My Butterfly Rewards

Recent Activity

    I’ve earned Butterfly Credits
    Comment Board
    Viewing 20 of 1307: view all | add a comment »
    Sep 29, 2014 5:28 PM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 29, 2014 10:33 AM

    Mona M. (103)

    Sep 28, 2014 5:15 AM

    Mariann R. (156)
    Friendship Comments & Graphics
    Sep 26, 2014 7:16 PM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 25, 2014 5:57 AM

    Mona M. (103)

    Good Morning Friend

    Indian Child with Elephant

    Sep 23, 2014 1:37 AM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 22, 2014 1:39 AM

    Ginger H. (47)
    Today was the largest climate march in history.   We fight to build the solutions we need and beat the fossil fuel industry which profits off our destruction.  We saw clear demands to stop tar sands, ban fracking and invest in a just transition.
    Sep 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 21, 2014 4:25 PM

    Pami W. (208)
     photo J0BhwDhGqd6C_zps112a3ffc.gif
    Sep 21, 2014 2:37 PM

    Olga L. (163)

    Sep 20, 2014 1:45 PM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 16, 2014 7:25 AM

    Aud n. (718)

    Sep 16, 2014 2:56 AM

    Ginger H. (47)
    And for the awesome Birthday wishes!  Love to you Olga~

    Sep 15, 2014 5:56 AM

    Mariann R. (156)
    cat gifs, cats gif, funny cat gifs, funny cat gif, cute cat gif, best cat gifs, cute cat gifs, animated cat gifs, cat animated gif, hilarious cat gifs
    Sep 15, 2014 1:13 AM

    Wolfgang W. (202)

    Sep 13, 2014 9:10 PM

    Zoe and Art O. (282)

    Sep 13, 2014 11:54 AM

    Aud n. (718)

    Sep 13, 2014 3:41 AM

    linda n. (2999)
    If you're not BRAVE enough to take the first step ~than
    you'll never know how far you can go.........luv linda

    Sep 12, 2014 6:43 PM

    Erin R. (170)

    , Total Send green star »
    no testimonials yet
    Profile theme: "Nature: Sunset"   |    as your profile theme
    Flag as Inappropriate