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Olga Lustosa


Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil
female, age 57
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Speaks: spanish, english
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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




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Hometown Cuiaba Mato Grosso, Brazil 
Birthday April 29, 1959  
Languages spanish, english  
About Me I am a brazilian sociologist. Have done my very best to be a better person each day. Involved and commited to social causes.
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Pets none at the moment  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Studying Buddhism  
Eating Habits avoid eating any kind of meat  
Wild Fact About Me Just need to say that my favorite place in the world is The National Park of Xingu in my State. It says a lot about me.
My Philosophy Nothing I do makes sense if I do not touch other people´s heart.
What Gives Me Hope My Grandson Vinicius
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I have been working work with the Governor of my State for 16 years. I am involved in politics and social causes, trying to make life easier as much as I can.
What/who changed my life and why Cry Freedom. Right after my daughter graduated as a journalist we bought her a ticket to visit South Africa, to go to The Robben Island. She stayed a year there. We have forever friends there.
What Bugs Me people who don't "listen", hypocrisy, intolerance, Any one that would hurt a child  
Passions no too much rules for a short life, living life with simplicity, Being the best person I can be, , my grandson Vinicius  
Inspirations music late at night, politics, people inspire me  
What Scares Me  
Role Models Nelson Mandela - enough being himself  
Interests politics moves me on  
Books Long walk to Freedom  
Music Marvin Gaye,  
Movies Cry Freedom -Steve Biko story  
TV Shows documentaries  
Favorite Foods ice cream, pizza, Yakisoba  
Favorite Places Amsterdam - Holland, Chapada dos Guimaraes - Brazil, The National Park of Xingu - Brazil, Machu Pichu - Peru  
Can't Live Without my children and grandson  
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