Residents of the Naô Xohã village. Source: Tatiana Costa, 2020
Naô Xohã villlage.
Source: Tatiana Costa, 2020
Jardim Vitória (Belo Horizonte)
Community that has been home to indigenous families for at least 18 years. These pay rent in various barracks. These places serve as a support point for housing and storage of handicrafts.
Pataxó Katurãma Village. Jardim Vitória
Coming from a division of the Pataxó and Pataxó Hã Hã Hãe Indigenous groups, it was named a village. Coordinated by Uendes Lima – Hayô Pataxó and by Celia Gonçalves – Angohó, his partner, they receive emergency aid from Vale as they are people who lived in the Naô Xohã village. According to reports registered by Cedefes, there are about 122 indigenous people living in Bairro Jardim Vitória.
Source: Eni Carajá and Adriana Fernandes Carajá
Naô Xohã Village
The Indigenous Village Pataxó Naô Xohã was formed from the needs of a territory for indigenous people who lived on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte (BH) and the metropolitan region, paying rent and surviving from the selling of their handicrafts in streets and fairs. It was inaugurated in November 2017 with a great Toré (ritual dance and for the preservation of culture) to celebrate and mark the beginning of what the indigenous people called the reclaiming of lands. The following year, on June 6, 2018, the National Indian Foundation (Funai) carried out the qualification of the village, recognising the presence and history of its founders.
Surrounded by an area of intense mining, the territory suffered a great impact after the collapse of Vale's tailings dam. Several indigenous people migrated to the outskirts of Belo Horizonte again, while others became part of the territory. Currently, the village is made up of about 25 families and an average of 80 people, with many children. Affected by this environmental crime, the village had to adapt to new characteristics, and is still looking forward to the future.
In the Patxohã language, the name Naô Xohã means Warrior Spirit.