No giro do Maracá / In the spin of the Maracá

In the work, “No giro do Maracá” I wanted to represent the only thing that unites the Indigenous people in this moment, which is prayer, collective or personal rituals. For this reason, I use the image of the Maracá and, of course, various designs that are common to the various Indigenous peoples, symbolizing and carrying the courage of the cougar, the patience of the turtle, the fluidity of the fish and the strength of the samaúma tree, representing the medicine of the forest. For the Indigenous peoples, the Maracá is not only a musical instrument, but a true tool for curing. It has the power to call the enchanted beings to help us in sacred moments and to ward off bad spirits and energies, as a true cleansing. So, for me, a very powerful cosmic universe flows within a Maracá and in my work I wanted to represent this universe outside of the Maracá in the moment of the ritual. It would be as if the entire world could see. It would carry this reflection that we are isolated at this moment in our villages, but we are connected with our relatives through our rituals and our enchanted beings.

Benício Pitaguary

Benício Pitaguary

I am Benício Pitaguary, leader of the Pitaguary People, I am from the Monguba village, in the municipality of Pacatuba in Ceará State. I am an artist, a specialist in Indigenous body painting and designs; articulator of the Museu Indígena Pitaguary; and an accredited teacher of geography from the Federal University at Ceará and communicator of Mídia Índia. My parents are Indigenous, but I was born and raised in the periphery of the city of Fortaleza and since I was very young I was good at design. At first, I very much liked the graffiti art that I saw on the urban walls of the periphery. But when I was 18 I had my first contact with the Indigenous design of my people and I fell in love with this artistic expression. Since then, I have had the opportunity to have contact with various peoples with whom I have been directly and indirectly learning about the knowledge and techniques of body painting. Today my life revolves around Indigenous design.