While interlacing the Buriti fibers, the indigenous craftswomen sing the stories, tales and legends of the Warao people. They recall the time when they lived on the banks of the river in Venezuela, before the exodus to Brazil and other Latin American countries. More than 5,000 indigenous people of various ethnicities, mostly Warao, now live in several Brazilian states.
The art of weaving is passed down from generation to generation and has withstood time, change, and even the refugee status that many indigenous people have had to endure. Much more than just a cultural and artistic expression, craftsmanship is fundamental to the survival of Warao families, and is often their only source of income.
Since 2016, the Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FFHI) has been promoting handicraft activities as a solution to the indigenous population living in the shelters under its management.
This year, despite the challenges, the Humanitarian Fraternity (FFHI) will continue to encourage the indigenous refugee population to seek lasting solutions that can strengthen their values while regaining their autonomy.