summaery2020: Projects

Arara Encantada takes flight

Project information

submitted by
Vanessa Maia Ramos-Velasquez

Vanessa Maia Ramos-Velasquez, Txãdá Shawã, Daosha Vaxã

Shawãdawa indigenous leaders of Porto Walter, Acre, Brazil. At Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Prof. Julia Bee

Art and Design

Degree programme:
Art and Design/Fine Art/Media Art (Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.))

Type of project presentation
– Other –

Summer semester 2020

Shawãdawa Volksvertreter aus Acre, brasilianische Amazonien.

Project description

“Arara Encantada” is a reforestation project in the Amazon (State of Acre) with a crowdfunding campaign to establish a cultural center with five Shawãdawa indigenous families as caretakers of 100 Hectares of primary and secondary forest amidst kilometers of pastures of cattle ranches, now abandoned. This project is an unexpected and serendipitous development of my Ph.D. fieldwork in the Amazonian region interviewing indigenous leaderships about ancestral philosophies related to nature.

Crowdfunding campaign at

This project will be further developed at the Berlin branch of Associação Cultural e Espiritual Arara Encantada via my post-doc already planned at Bauhaus University Weimar. My post-doc will document the entire process of setting up this association with the Shawãdawa representatives, the construction of the infrastructure of the Arara Encantada center in the Amazon in the State of Acre, the reforestation project, the development of partnerships for cultural and scientific exchange with universities, the building of sustainable projects to keep the forest alive as well as guaranteeing the healthy and creative way of (sustainable) life of the indigenous Shawãdawa families caring for the land.

Email: vanessa.maia.ramos-velasquez[at]

Exhibition Location / Event Location

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