Multimedia story and video.
Once a nomadic forest people, the Mbyá Guaraní of northern Argentina were forced to settle onto Jesuit “reductions” during the 17′th century to escape the slave trade. There they were introduced not only to Christianity, but to Western music and instruments from the Baroque period. As gifted craftspeople and musicians, the Guaraní quickly learned how to play and build their own instruments. When the Jesuits were eventually expelled from the continent, the Guaraní returned to the forest with their new instruments, songs and culture in tow.
Photos of the Mbyá Guarani, their music and art.
A video clip of Cacique Geniolito (Guarani Chief Lorenzo Benito) and his companion busking at a restaurant in San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina.
This is a single-shot take of Mbyá Guaraní music recorded in Aldea Katupyry (San Ignacio, Misiones, Argentina) with voiceover by chief Arturo Duarte speaking about the role of nature and music in the Mbyá community. For more on the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page. Forest Song from Jason Rothe […]
Single-shot video of the “band” of Katu-Pyry down by the river Cazador in San Ignacio, Misiones. To find out more about the music of the Mbyá Guarani, please visit the project page. NEI KATU JAJEROJY One Shot, Down by the River from Jason Rothe on Vimeo.
An initial video of music by the Mbyá Guarani of Misiones province in northern Argentina.
An introductory video on the music of the Mbyá Guarani indigenous living in Misiones province in northern Argentina.