Olympic Museum in the old Indian Mueseu building is controversial

March 10, 2013•02:03 pm • last updated 02:04 pm

Creation of the Olympic Museum in the old Indian Mueseu building is controversial and can bump in Justice, Public Defender alert

Vladimir Platonow

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The desire expressed by the Governor of Rio, Sérgio Cabral, to turn the building of the old Indian Museum, next to the Journalist Mário Filho Stadium, the maracana, in a future Olympic Museum is controversial and can bump in court. Two actions brought by prosecutors of the Union (DPU) were sent in two sticks of Justice, asking for the permanence of the Indians and the allocation of property for use on Indian Affairs. The warning is the public defender of the Union André Ordacgy, who agrees with the construction of an Olympic Museum, but in another location.

‘ Defense saw how myopic this kind of initiative of the State Government. The historic building has a visceral relationship with the natives. It was there the headquarters of the [now defunct] Indian protection service, whose President was the Marshal [Cândido] Rondon. And the first Director of the Museu do Índio was [the anthropologist] Darcy Ribeiro. But it is important to say that in no time, the DPU is contrary to the idea of an Olympic Museum ‘, said Ordacgy, which suggests the transformation of the old building into a cultural center or an Embassy.

The position is different from that expressed by the President of the Brazilian museums Institute (Ibram), José do Nascimento Jr., who supports the allocation of property to house the National Olympic heritage. ‘ I find it essential to have an Olympic Museum. All the cities that hosted the Olympics have Olympic Museum just to work the legacy and memory of the sport. The important thing is that, despite all the discussion, will again be the Museum. We already have an Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, in Botafogo. And the National Museum of Quinta da Boa Vista has one of the largest collections of Indian country ‘, declared the President of Ibram.

The historian Milton Teixeira disagrees and argues for the preservation of the property to the original order. ‘ I am in favour that that building is returned by the Indian Museum. Because the Indian Museum in Botafogo is overcrowded. One can divide the acquis and make a branch of the Museum without any problem, as exists in many places in the world. That building is small for an Olympic Museum, said.

The construction of an Olympic Museum has support of athletes who won medals in the Olympic Games, but they suggest that is built in other regions of the city, with a building designed specifically for the purpose.

‘ We live in Brazil’s Olympic moment. Start with a Museum is excellent, but then we have to fill it with history. I would prefer it to be built in the port region, which is being revitalized, suggested the sailor Marcelo Ferreira, champion in 1996 (Atlanta) and 2004 (Athens) and bronze medal in 2000 (Sydney), in the Star class, together with Torben Grael.

Similar opinion has the Olympic volleyball champion Antônio Carlos Gouveia, Carlão, Captain of the team that secured the gold country in 1992 (Barcelona). ‘ It is important that we have an Olympic Museum, to serve as a reference and remember of the athletes who shone by the national sport. The Museum will have everything to do with the city and with the things that are happening here. We have a lot of space in the city to build the Olympic Museum, in Barra da Tijuca, for example. To represent all our Olympic heroes, renowned athletes and medalists, no doubt that we will need a major space ‘, said Patrice.

For the Indians occupying the property, your residence is a spiritual issue. Much more than a building, they consider the building next to the Maracanã as a sacred place where were your ancestors. ‘ Will the indigenous culture is not a part of the country? This building became a symbol of our history. All the registration of indigenous culture went through this space. The discussion of the creation of the Xingu Park was made in here. This building is the memory of our people ‘, explained Alfonso Apurinã, who along with Indians from other ethnic groups occupy the property since 2007, called Maracanã Village.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) said, by way of note, which has a large collection of objects relating to the Brazilian and International Olympic movement, adding about 2 thousand pieces (Olympic torches, medals, stamps, uniforms, pictures, among other items). In addition, a library with about 16 thousand books.

‘ Still no deadlines or budget for the inauguration of the Brazilian Olympic Museum. The schedule depends on the completion of the modernization project of the complex of Maracana Stadium, which will be developed by private investors. The COB awaits the winning company definition of Maracanã Stadium bidding process to do, in conjunction with the company, a study on the planning of future Olympic Museum ‘, says the COB.

Asked if the Committee made a point that the future Museum was located in the building now occupied by the Indians, the consultancy reported that the COB did not rule on the matter.

Editing: Aécio Loved

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