Brazil

The origin of the country name Brasil (with Z in English) is that Portuguese explorers found trees with a red hue which was then called Pau-Brasil (in Portuguese “pau” is […]

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Indigenous Languages

Since the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese, the tribes speak Tupi-Guarani were assimilated by the Europeans. Other were called Tapuia – which meant something like “enemy”. The Tapuias were […]

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Canjica

  Canjica is a Brazilian sweet dish, associated with winter festivals, which in Brazil is in June (Festa Junina). The dish is a porridge made with white de-germed whole maize […]

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Pimenta

Pimenta (peppers) – several species used by indigenous people inhabiting Brazil at the time of discovery are used today. Below some examples found in Brazil: Pimenta Dedo-de-moça (C. baccatum var. […]

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Anta

Anta (Tapirus terrestris) is the Brazilian Tapir (from the tupi tapi’ira), the largest wild land animal in South America. It is dark brown in color and has a low, erect […]

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Jatobá

Jatobá (Hymenaea Courbaril) or Jataí, Jataí-amarelo, Jataí-peba, Jitaí, Farinheira, Imbiúva. Although the Jatoba tree is sometimes referred to as Brazilian Cherry, it is not a cherry tree and it is […]

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Indigenous Land

According to the Brazilian law, indigenous land is the land traditionally occupied by Indians,   permanently inhabited and used for its production activities, essential to the preservation of environmental resources necessary […]

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