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Poems in the quilombo

Kurt Shaw

This weekend, the Quilombos do Sul project turned its attention to what the community has been like for women and girls over the last decade.  Vitor Cardoso, our staff historian, interviewed Dona Chica, who has seen a lot in her almost 90 years in the Morro do Fortunato Quilombo.

We don't want to spoil the movie and comic book that will eventually emerge from this project for you, so we won't tell to many details of the interview, but I did want to include one thing: It's relatively common in Brazil for men to compete in poetry contests.  About 70 years ago, it appears that the girls and young women in the quilombo did the same thing: and young men (prospective boyfriends!) were the prize.