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A Cultural Journey to Jequitinhonha Valley (lecture)

Date: September 2, 2011

Times: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Contact: Ping Situ


In conjuction with the Brazilian Art Exhibit on display from Aug. 20 - Sept. 20, Professor Antonio Ferreira Ávila will deliver a public talk titled A Cultural Journey to Jequitinhonha Valley on Friday, Sept. 2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Main Library, next to the exhibit cases.

Professor Ávila will address some aspects of the traditional art and stories of the Jequitinhonha Valley. With an estimated population of over 694,120 habitants (a density of 13.8 hab./km2), Jequitinhonha Valley is considered one of the poorest regions in Brazil.  Most of the soil is arid and is periodically affected by drought or floods. Around 75% of its population lives in rural areas, practicing rudimentary agriculture and livestock. In spite of the adversities, the region is known for its creative crafts in ceramics, weaving, basketry, wood carving, leather work, embroidery, drawing, and music.

Professor Ávila will tell some curiosities related to the extraction of diamonds as well as the production of cachaça (a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane). The idea is to produce a more diversified image of this region.