Recently People’s Palace Projects received the sad news from our partner the Kuikuro people, of the first Covid-19 confirmed cases in the Upper Xingu, Brazil’s oldest indigenous reservation. As a result, the annual traditional festival of Kuarup is now cancelled for the first time in history. The ritual of Kuarup brings together 16 communities in the Upper Xingu each year to celebrate life, death and rebirth.
“We fear for our lives”, chief Afukaka Kuikuro
They are also building a facility to house the suspected cases in the villages. An app was launched to trace anyone who left the village and presented symptoms.
The story was published by the main national newspapers and TV networks in Brazil. You can read the articles – in Portuguese – by clicking on the links below:
Folha de Sao Paulo, 13 June 2020 – https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/cotidiano/2020/06/coronavirus-chega-a-reserva-indigena-do-xingu-e-kuarup-e-cancelado-pela-1a-vez.shtml
O Globo, 13 June 20201- https://oglobo.globo.com/sociedade/coronavirus-se-alastra-pelo-alto-xingu-faz-aldeias-cancelarem-kuarup-festa-em-homenagem-aos-mortos-24477324?utm_source=aplicativoOGlobo&utm_medium=aplicativo&utm_campaign=compartilhar
SBT- Brazilian TV Network- 11 June 2020
GloboNews – Globo TV 24 hour news channel – 15 June 2020
TV Globo Mato Grosso, local news, Upper Xingu, 16 June 2020
CNN Brasil, 05 July 2020
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