Projeto Menire

Indigenous People(s): Kayapó
Country: Brazil
Product(s): Graphic art, Paintings
Description: The Menire Project ( was founded in September 2006 by Carmen Figueiredo in partnership with the Kayapó women, and is the first initiative directed exclusively to these women. It is run by a partnership between the Menire Institute and Kabu Institute. Through the project, which is currently acting in the Pukanu and Pungraiti villages in IT Menkragnoti (PA), women transfer Kayapo graphic designs to fabrics and glass beads. The goal of the project is to preserve and disseminate their culture while providing an alternative, sustainable income for women. In 2008, three panels painted by the Kayapo Indians were selected to participate in the 2nd Off-Biennial in Sao Paulo. The project receives financial support from the private sector as well as international organizations, in addition to the support brokered by the indigenous component of the Basic Environmental Program BR-163, run by the Kabu Institute in an agreement with Funai.
Number of producers: 0 aprox.
Conservation Area: Indigenous Territory Menkragnoti
Supporting Agencies: Instituto Menire, Instituto Kabu, FUNAI
Location: Mato Grosso
Contact: Carmen Figueredo

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