Gapgir Village, Rondônia, Brazil
Front of the Paiter A Soe Museum: archive of material and immaterial culture of the Paiter Suruí people. Photo: Publicity/R.Machado/Tourism Secretary of the State of Rondônia
Member of the Paiter Suruí ethnic group, professor and social scientist Luiz Weymilawa Suruí wanted to create a place of memory to show students of the José do Carmo Santana Indigenous School how these people lived before the late 1960s, the date of first contact with non-Indigenous. So in 2016 the Paiter A Soe Museum (or “Museum of Paiter Things”) was opened in the G̃apg̃ir village, located 60 km from the city of Cacoal, in Rondônia. Inside, in a building made of babassu thatch erected by young people of the community under the watchful eye of their elders, are artifacts and everyday utensils, like baskets, tools and clay pots. According to Luiz Suruí, it is all to promote the tribe’s culture and bring back practices that have been lost over time, mainly from the time of first contact.