Life in São Paulo and travel throughout South America
Amazon Village of Jamaraquá
Located in the state of Pará, Jamaraquá is one of fifteen indigenous communities permitted
to live in the 6500 square kilometers of primary protected rainforest “Floresta de Tapajós” (or simply FLONA).
Bata explained to us that of the 103 residents, most are relatives. When it is time to marry, a young woman from
a neighboring village (and separate bloodline) will move to begin a family with her new husband.
Jamaraquá is comprised of a soccer field, a community center (complete with kitchen), handicraft shop, and a community radio. There is also a small display
that highlights alternative technology for the production of rubber (latex) which the community has long depended on for income and development.
The local elementary school educates children until 4th grade and medical services are provided in the neighboring community of Maguari.
The sale of various handicrafts such as straw woven baskets, seed necklaces, carved wooden animals, ecological leather bags,
as well as vegetable oils and honey benefit the local people and provide women a sense of purpose and contribution outside of the home.