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THE SACRED CAVE OF KAMUKUWAKA

The brutal desecration of ancient amazonian rock-art In the Xingu, (Brazil) threatens the Wauja people’s living culture.
A digital resurrection helps breathe new life into a vast cosmovisión of stories, mythical spirits, rites, and rituals that underpin this remote Indigenous community’s connection with life, death, and the natural world.

For the 16 indigenous communities of the Xingu, (Brazilian Amazon), the cave of Kamukuwaká is their most sacred site. Surrounded by remote waterfalls of the Tamitaoaba River, these ancient rock formations exist between two layers of reality. It was at this location that each new generation of the Wauja community learned the beliefs, customs, and oral histories that constitute their expansive cosmovision.

Tragically, in 2018 the engravings were destroyed in an act of brutal vandalism which threatened the community’s ability to retell their stories. 2019 marked the first year in countless generations that Wauja children were unable to make their annual pilgrimage to Kamukuwaká, their “book of learning. The Wauja decided that the facsimile should travel the world as a platform from which the Indigenous communities can speak outside of Brazil, sharing their culture and activism. Audiences will meet our guide; Wauja elder and visceral singer Akari Waura, his avatar will recount the stories of Kamukwuaká for new generations.

THE TEAM

Piratá Waurá, Joint Creative Director Community and Cultural liaison, camera, interpreter
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Alejandro Romero, Creative Technologist (ARAN)
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