New manifestation of Indians in the village stay defends Maracanã

“We want the MARACA, the artwork, the cosmologies, all indigenous knowledge and not just the building. We want our Indigenous University project, the first in Brazil. We want the living presence of the indigenous in the heart of the city of Rio de Janeiro “

Foto _ Aldeia Maracana

Foto _ Aldeia Maracana

New manifestation of Indians in the village stay defends Maracanã

2/2/2013-08:02 pm

National
Nielmar de Oliveira
The Agency’s reporter Brazil

Rio de Janeiro-politicians, civil society representatives and the Indians promoted today (2) new manifestation in favour of maintaining the old building Maracanã Village Indian Museum, near the Maracanã Stadium, in the North of the city. The building was threatened with demolition for the construction of a parking lot on site.

The movement was Not subject to the removal of the village maracana. The goal was to keep civil society mobilized around the issue, sparked when it was announced the demolition of the building, occupied since 2006 by the Indians.

The demonstration was convened mainly over the internet. In the message, the organisers defended the need to, “together, show the world that the village Maracanã continues its struggle for resistance to eviction of the edífio.

“We want the MARACA, the artwork, the cosmologies, all indigenous knowledge and not just the building. We want our Indigenous University project, the first in Brazil. We want the living presence of indigenous peoples in the heart of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Village Maracanã, avante! “read the poster that called for the demonstration.

The Congressman Marcelo Freixo (PSOL), who was for a short time at the site, noted that the axis of the debate, before around the preservation of architectural heritage, has changed and that now the key is the permanence of the Indians.

“The fate of the building can only be thought in a context that includes the permanence of it are,” said Ash, for whom the decision on the fate of the Indians “is just as important as the Governor’s decision not to demolish the building”.

The Government’s decision of not demolish the building of the village was announced, in Maracanã note at Guanabara Palace on March 28. According to the note, the Government took into account the weights of society regarding the historic building and examined the dispersal of the stadium-the main argument for scrapping-, concluding it is possible to keep the building on site. He insisted, however, on the need for the removal of Indians.

Built in 1862, the building, which belonged to the national supply company (Conab), the Ministry of agriculture, housed the Indian protection service (SPI), after the National Indian Foundation (Funai) and, until 1978, the Indian Museum. Recently, it was purchased by the State Government that wanted to bring him down with the aim of improving urban mobility around the maracana.

Editing: Christi-Grace

~ Brazil Agency

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