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Brazil. A Diverse Cultural Region Ms. Percy. Cultural connections. So what’s the connection between Europe and Brazil? Portuguese were first Europeans to land in Brazil, est. colony at Salvador da Bahia in 1549.

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brazil
Brazil

A Diverse Cultural Region

Ms. Percy

cultural connections
Cultural connections

So what’s the connection between Europe and Brazil?

  • Portuguese were first Europeans to land in Brazil, est. colony at Salvador da Bahia in 1549.
  • Bandeirantes(Portuguese flag-bearers) initially exploited land for brazilwood and later used indigenous people to work on sugar cane plantations.
  • Later exploited minerals such as gold, silver and diamonds which were sent back to Europe
  • The Mercantilist systemdictated that natural resources in Brazil (and other European colonies of the time) be exploited by the local people and the resulting wealth be sent to Europe.
  • African slave trade provided labourers to meet Portuguese demands. African slaves replaced indigenous slaves.
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Brazil
  • Europe can be seen as being partly developed by the “blood, sweat and tears” of Brazil’s, and essentially Africa’s, slaves
  • In 1889, slavery abolished in Brazil, approx. 2 million Africans had been brought to Brazil. This explains Brazil’s current cultural and ethnic diversity.
  • Like all countries, Brazil’s natural environment has shaped indigenous cultures found in the Amazon. Destruction of the Amazon is now threatening human systems and cultural survival
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View it
  • Brazil is calling you commercial
  • The world meets in Brazil
cultural snapshot
Cultural snapshot
  • Create a cultural country snapshot of Brazil by using CIA World Factbook
  • Include the following in your snapshot:

Capital

Population

Languages

Ethnic Groups

Religions

Life Expectancy

Current social issues

Current environmental issues

mapping brazil
Mapping brazil
  • As you know, in order to understand the culture of a country, it is important to know about its basic physical geography
  • Use the map provided to identify Brazil’s states and major cities
day 2 brazil cultural case study
Day 2: brazil cultural case study
  • Read pages 141-144 provided. Annotate your map so that you have point form notes that describe each of the 5 administrative regions
  • Answer #8 on page 144
  • Answer #10 and 12 on page 147
  • Describe the demographic composition of Brazil
  • Where do most people of African descent live today?
  • Define the term shantytown
  • Explain the meaning of the term favela and explain why the Brazilian government would want to give ownership of the land to the favelados. Think in terms of how this might affect tourism in the future.
  • Answer 19a and b on page 150.
favela tourism opportunity or exploitation
Favela tourism – opportunity or exploitation?
  • Life in Brazil’s Favelas
  • Favela Slum Tours– An example of alternative cultural tourism

What are the different perspectives on the benefits of the slum tours for the local people?

Extra Resources

  • Road to Rio – What happens to fevalados when the country hosts thousands of tourists for the world cup?
  • For more information about life in the favelas, you may be interested in watching the documentary Favela Rising
read respond role play
Read, respond, role play
  • Read the article “From Eyesore to Must-See” and discuss the questions with your partner
  • Assume the role you have been given on your role card. Try and add more examples to support your point of view. At the round table meeting, you will present your point of view to the rest of the participants in an attempt to convince them that your point of view is the most logical. The big question to be discussed is:

Does favela tourism hurt or help the local people?

round table does favela tourism help or hurt the local people
Round table: Does favela tourism help or hurt the local people?
  • Everyone has the chance to express their point of view around the table
  • Time to challenge and or support participants, convince others
  • Debrief

Participants

  • Local residents (yeah)
  • Local residents (nay)
  • Local tour operator (yeah)
  • Local artist (nay)
  • Tourist (yeah)
  • Favela support worker (nay)
  • Local tourism authority (yeah)
  • Local teacher (nay)
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