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The Museum of the Indian

The Museum of the Indian (25)

After being located near the Maracanã Stadium since 1953, the National Foundation of the Indian decided to relocate to this building in the neighbourhood of Botafogo in 1980.  This 1880 neoclassical mansion was once the home of businessman João Rodrigues Teixeira and reflects the typical carioca aristocratic house of the late Brazilian Empire and the early Republic. Its interesting historical significance means it is considered part of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Brazil. 

The museum includes more than 15,800 ethnographic pieces and more than 70,000 audiovisual records with a clear objective: to help raise awareness among the population of the importance of preserving the indigenous cultures of Brazil and promoting their cultural heritage.

Through a range of objects and documents, the exhibition allows visitors to gain in-depth knowledge of the religious, social and economic organisation of the various tribes that still live in the Brazilian rainforest. The icing on the cake is the impressive collection of typical houses in the museum garden. Take a stroll through the different homes used by indigenous people in the different regions of Brazil.

If you pass through the museum shop and buy something, you'll make a direct contribution to the preservation of indigenous cultures. The crafts found here are produced directly by the various tribes, thus ensuring a sustainable source of income for the indigenous population.

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