What is Sangaua?

July 30, 2015 sangaua 0

Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.

Aaron Siskind

Sangaua (sʌn.gä.wa: ) is the word in Nheengatu (ɲɛ̃.gä.tu: ) for photography and all sort of images. Therefore, sangaua.is/photography!

Nheengatu is the Amerindian language of the Tupi–Guarani family known as the Amazonian general language. Nheengatu was originated in northern Brazil in the 17th century as a lingua franca, and it is still spoken by indigenous nations along the Rio Negro in northern Brazil.

Different indigenous nations, like the Baniwa (bä.ni.wa ), have their own language, but also speak Nheengatu as an interethnic language, others lost their original dialect and speak only Nheengatu today, like the Bare (bä.rɛ ) people.

Visual identity of Sangaua

A major visual fingerprint of the Amazonian indigenous people is the handicraft basketry (check arte baniwa). The Sangaua's visual identity combines the aperture symbol (an universal symbol for photography) with the colors and braid of woven basketry, therefore, putting emphasis on photography and indigenous arts from the Amazon forest.



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