By Admin - April 1st, 2022
By Admin - April 1st, 2022

From fictional representation to simple media-spread misunderstanding, there appears to be an intimate connection between the natural beauty of Amazonian people and the original Brazilian people. But when people recognise the two as one and the same, they neglect to recognise the diversification traits of the Amazonian people and the processes of miscegenation which have resulted from historical colonization.

In short, with a little more attention, it becomes obvious that the Amazonian people have, over time, developed traits from Europeans, Northeastern, Eastern, African, and other communities to carve out their own perception of beauty.

And this is never more obvious than when you first step into the cities across the Amazon – meeting women with long, short, curly, coloured, straight, and wavy hair. Some wear turbans, while others embrace free-flowing hair, and different complexions.

This diversity continues as you spread outwards towards the countryside, with women in different areas celebrating different examples of beauty – some reflecting the same imagery of the traditional Brazilian women, while others only hold certain traits from original Brazil.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these diversifications across the Amazon and beyond.

The Quilombola Woman

Quilombolas is the term used to describe peoples whose ancestors were slaves who fled during the period of slavery in Brazil. Ethnically and racially diverse, these people share a common ancestral history but are widespread today and boast their own community with its own constructed identity, cultural, and social organisations.

Quilombolas are found in several places in Brazil – one such community are being São Tomé do Tauçu in Portel-PA. Visually, these people embody the expression of Amazonian beauty, represented by their traces of African descent and the miscegenation of the native peoples of Brazil.

The Caboclo People

In addition to being a term used to refer to the indigenous people of Brazil, the word caboclo identifies the descendants of the union between Indians and whites in the northern region of Brazil. Within that same group there also falls a group called the Cafuzos, Afro-descendants and other combinations of communities between those of an Indian heritage, and white combinations such as Indian and Oriental, Black and Oriental, Black Indian and Oriental, and others.

Although the term often appears with a pejorative tone, referencing people with inferior knowledge of the interior of Brazil, the Caboclo community are the result of colonization -which resisted time and conflicts and has enabled them to maintain their culture, history, and knowledge.

The beauty of the caboclo people is widely mixed, boasting a diversity of styles and beauty standards with different traits -united by the blood of people originating from the Amazon. It is not possible to create a single description of those people who carry in their genes the history, beauty, and diversity of the Amazon.

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