Xapiri – Amazonian Ceramics
May 26, 2016
Categories Amazon Rainforest, Fair Trade, Indigenous, Indigenous Activism, Indigenous Art, Indigenous Culture, Sustainability, Tribal Art, Uncategorized
Tags ceramics, geometric, Marajó, pottery, tukano, xapiri
For this Xapiri blog, our topic is ceramics. In our 2nd blog, we stated that basketry was generally the principal art form in the Amazon, apposed to ceramics which are more widely used across indigenous North America. Nevertheless, pottery still has an important role to play in Amazonian life. Firstly, we must note that not all ethnic groups produce ceramics but even so, the majority of tribes have access to these items via a complex system of trade routes. This in a way can be paralleled with the ‘axes, pots and pans’ situation of today, as we believe most isolated tribes have access to metalware even though they have not had contact with the outside world, this is due to the trade with neighbouring tribes who have.
In the north of Brazil, in Roraima state, there is evidence of pottery traditions dating back approximately 10,000 years and this is…
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