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Guarani Urban Sprawl
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Guarani Urban Sprawl
Copyright native agency / rafael vilela 2021
Updated 11/16/21
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Guarani Urban Sprawl

by Rafael Vilela

The pressure of urban development and real estate speculation has intensified in the Guarani territory in Pico do Jaraguá in recent years, one of the last remaining areas of Atlantic Forest in São Paulo, Brazil. The ecosystem has lost approximately 80% of its vegetation since the beginning of colonization. Today about 620 Indigenous people live in this UNESCO recognized biome in six villages spread across five hectares, the smallest demarcated Indigenous territory in the country. They strive to maintain their language, traditions, culture, and the environment. On the edges of the largest metropolis in Latin America, all the children learn to speak the Guarani language before Portuguese, many of their ancestral religious rites have remained very strong despite the proximity to white and Christian culture, and they maintain a strong and united community. This ongoing project aims to follow the life and culture of the Guaranis-Mbyiá in the state of São Paulo and their deep relationship with the environment in the midst of an urban lifestyle.⁠
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