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Foto ilustra várias crianças brincando com carrinhos de madeira, onde uma puxa o carrinho e outra fica em cima.
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Location: Alto Santa Maria – Espírito Santo Fernando lives in the hills of the state of Espírito Santo but he speaks Pomeranian better than he speaks Portuguese. The children in this region spend one week in school and the next helping their parents plant and harvest vegetables and grains. Since he was little, he has […]

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Foto com duas bonecas de plástico em cima de uma cama, ao lado das bonecas diversas roupas das bonecas.
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Rebeca is a shrewd girl, she always has the right answer on the tip of her tongue. Besides the answers, her tongue is always sharp when it is time to sew, a daily habit in the life of this 7-year-old girl. She uses her whole body as she sews, from her tongue to her feet, […]

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Foto de crianças brincando em volta de uma barraca.
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We visited the house of Mr. Levi Roger on a sunny Sunday, when he was hosting friends and family, as they do every Sunday. To gather a group of children of various age groups without a defined purpose and with space for them to do what they want is enough for childhood’s imagination to show […]

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Foto com três garotos brincando de bolinha de gude em baixo de uma arvore.
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As soon as the “china” (marbles) game ended, I asked the boys why it is that adults today insist on saying that children don’t know how to play anymore and that games like this no longer exist. “It’s because these adults don’t come here to see,” one of the boys replied. This is true, I […]

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Foto com duas crianças em baixo de um pé de manga, com inchada em mãos elas passam na terra.
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It’s so amazing how Brazil has so many games happening under a mango tree, or other fruit trees, that you could write a treatise on the subject. It was no different in Abadia, this small village near Carbonita in the Jequitinhonha Valley. While the girls swept the dry leaves and rotten mangoes, setting the ground […]

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Foto de um brinquedo de um boi que puxa uma carroça feito de madeira, tem duas pedras em cima da carroça do boi, o brinquedo está sendo puxado com um barbante.
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The roar comes from a distance, and has been heard since long ago. A good cart has to roar, has to make itself heard. For generations the Cururupu region has been marked by the power of these carts made of iron and wood, pulled by the traction of two oxen. Cheda, canga, paré, rodeiro, canzil, […]

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Foto de um barquinho a vela feito com plástico linhas e madeira em um rio.
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Playing with canoes made from timbaúba, or earpod tree, is an old tradition among the children and adults in Tatajuba. They are proud of carrying this habit for so many generations. It’s an act of collective resistance etched into a way of playing. Once they told us about this toy, the questions began: “how long […]

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Foto com dois barcos a vela de brinquedos navegando sobre um lago.
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  The sea calls for navigators, it calls for floating with sails puffed by the wind, it asks for the precision of boys skillful in cutting foam as they build their canoes. Here in Tatajuba we are learning about the nature of liquid play. We are noticing how a good foam canoe captain must know […]

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Foto ilustrando uma pessoa segurando uma boneca feita de terra enrolada em panos.
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According to its citizens, Abadia is a land of medicine women, midwives and herbs that work better than any pill. A land where pilgrims come from afar to worship the image of Our Lady of Abadia, and where the dolls are baptized like every child. “Everyone deserves to be baptized,” said one of the girls.  […]

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Foto de um barco a vela de brinquedo em um lago.
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Neck deep in water, Felipe never tired of watching his little boat slide around on the whims of the wind and the current. Built with his own hands out of a rubber sandal hull, plastic bag sails and a rudder made from a bent bottle cap, the boat was christened with the name of his […]

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foto de um garoto negro que esta encurvado com seu pé esquerdo sobre a cadeira, com seu braço esquerdo apoia um facão em um pedaço de madeira em cima da cadeira, e com seu braço direito segura um martelo.
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There are boys who, while making their toys, are like a bird learning to fly, they have a deep desire and persistent hands. They won’t stop making until they have arrived at what they wanted. Trial, error, fixing, adjusting, polishing, re-doing, they even make funny faces or stick out their tongues to help get it […]

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Foto com duas crianças brincando um peão, as duas crianças estão com a mão direita estendida, um garoto de blusa vermelha e outro de boné preto, o garoto de boné preso segura um peão que gira em sua mão.
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The days go by but the kids’ desire to show us what they know remains. When night falls they’ve already surrounded us with suggestions for the morning. “We still haven’t made the spool car,” one of them says. “Why don’t we go hunt crabs in the mangrove?” says another. The list never ends, they really […]

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Foto de um garoto segurando uma folha de um coqueiro cortada só com seu meio, o garoto está segurando como se fosse um rifle, com um olho aberto e outro fechado ele mira.
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For days the boys of Tatajuba have been telling us about their tiny weapons made of palm straw. I’ve seen entire arsenals of children’s weapons, but one made from palm straw was new to us. Does the weapon fire something? I thought it did. But no, it doesn’t fire anything, instead it launches the boy […]

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Foto de um garoto em uma praça empinando uma pipa.
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August is the windy month, and the winds call for bicudas and arraias, or airplanes and kites, in the sky. Acupe is currently covered with children on the docks, the square, in streets and backyards with their eyes turned to the sky and their hands waving deftly, like a maestro conducting his orchestra. The bicudas […]

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