Indigenous Artists of Brazil: A Conversation with Mayawari Mehinaku and Naine Terena

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
3 pm | Virtual

João Mayawari Mehinaku is an artist of the Mehinaku people; he learned various artistic techniques of his people from his father Kawakanamu at an early age. He resides in Village Kapüna in the Xingu Indigenous Territory in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil, where he acts as a leader of the Mehinaku group in the area. He was involved inthe creation of the Xepi Institute so that the Mehinaku people can sell their arts by themselves, and participates in debates on education, health, and the environment. Mayawai holds an intercultural degree in languages, arts, and literature from the University of the State of Mato Grosso.


Naine Terena is an artist and art-educator of the Terena people, and is a professor at the Catholic University in Mato Grosso do Sul, where she created and leads the project Lab Gente. She holds a PhD in Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo, a master's degree in Social Communication from the Federal University in Brasilia, and a degree in radio production from the Federal University in Mato Grosso. Naine is a curator, communication advisor, and programmer of socio-cultural-educational events and is head of the Oraculo, Communication Education and Culture organization, established in 2012. She curated Véxoa: nós sabemos at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the first exhibition dedicated to contemporary Indigenous arts held at this important public museum.


Webinar will be conducted in Portuguese with live translation.