Sesc’s work seeks to integrate ideas and differences, encourage reflection and develop identity and cultural diversity. Guided by the concept of continuing education, Sesc promotes encounters between people and different artistic and cultural manifestations, publishing books with an emphasis on the arts and humanities. With an eclectic catalogue allowing for reflection on many aspects of contemporaneity, Edições Sesc reinforces its fundamentally humanist vision, and therefore contributes to the democratization of culture, a mission that has been embraced by the institution since its founding.
Baré | River People
Marina Herrero and Ulysses Fernandes
This book presents the culture, legends and challenges of the ethnic communities of Baré, located near the towns of Santa Isabel do Rio Negro and São Gabriel da Cachoeira, on the banks of the Rio Negro in Amazonas state. The project includes a region with a strong social breakdown, which has undergone numerous pressures since the arrival of Europeans to the most recent invasion of miners, and which is notable due to its dramatic rate of suicides among the young population. The devastating acculturation process involves the loss of traditional knowledge, oral tradition and artistic techniques of great value, leading the indigenous population to deny their indigenous identity. This book is an initiative to register and therefore strengthen the Baré people.