Video scenes of the Kuikuro tribe in Alto Xingu (Mato Grosso
In 1892, when first visited by Europeans, the Kuikuru village had 202 inhabitants. In 1954 there were 145 persons in the village. In 1975 the population was down to 120, but some 50 Kuikuru were then living among the Yawalapití. The emigres moved back into the main village in 1976,http://www.estadao.com.br/interatividade/Multimidia/ShowVideos.action?destaque.idGuidSelect=84446020AF134927956CDD5B021D4E1B bringing the population up to some 175.
The first Portuguese settlers in Brazil noticed that the native people used a red paint on their bodies that was made from Urucum, which comes from the Tupi word uru’ku meaning red. The natural coloring from Urucum has since been used throughout Brazil in all sorts of country cooking and also as a general dye. But the seeds are also used as laxatives and digestive aids and also help with bronchitis and burns. In some regions, the roots and leaves are used in the treatment of gonorrhea and herpes.
Urucum is rich in carotenoids, which give the seeds their characteristic reddish-orange color. The seeds also contain proteins, calcium, iron and vitamins B2, B2 and B3. Urucum is useful as an expectorant and is beneficial for hypertension, digestive problems, parasites, circulation, heart disease, high cholesterol, skin lesions, and constipation. Oh, and it makes a good food coloring.
Viajar pelo Alto Xingu é descobrir a história e a riqueza selvagem da fauna e da flora da região. .... Pintado com urucum, o índio se apronta para a pesca. ...http://www.umamiinfo.com/index2.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=135&Itemid=88&pop=1&page=0
CLIMATE and BIODIVERSITYhttp://www.tvcultura.com.br/reportereco/artigo.asp?artigoid=110
WATER- an ALERThttp://www.ibps.com.br/index.asp?idnoticia=3435
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