On display from July to September 2008.

With photos by Milton Guran, the show presented the traditional housing of the indigenous peoples of the Xingu National Park, its architecture, everyday use, social function and symbolic dimension.

Clicked by the photographer and anthropologist on several stays between 1978 and 1984, the images constitute important documentation, as they present traditional Xinguan aspects, especially from the Kamayurá and Kuikuro villages, in practices prior to a closer relationship with the national culture. They take the house as a reference in several rituals, such as Quarup and Jogo do Javari, reporting their contribution to the formation of Brazilian diversity.

Some images date back almost 30 years, as is the case with the documentation of a traditional Kuikuro wedding around which the exhibition was built. Although the wedding ceremony is quite frequent, and has remained the same for 30 years, this is the only known photographic documentation of the complete ritual. Check out some of the photos on display:

The third edition of Casas do Brasil, a project implemented by MCB in 2006 that aims to create an inventory of the different ways of living in Brazil, has t texts by Carlos Fausto, an anthropologist dedicated to the study of the Kamayurá, presents in the exhibition the historical dimension of occupation of pre-discovery Brazilian territory, whose spatial organization is still practiced today in the Upper Xingu.

In Brazil are the last untouched borders of human diversity represented by several indigenous groups in the Amazon region, a few still isolated from national society. These groups are part of a group of about 200 different indigenous peoples who, to varying degrees of integration with national society, actively participate in the process of building Brazilian identity as a nation. In this exhibition, which was sponsored by Kostal Electromechanics, cultural diversity is seen and presented as the greatest asset of the Brazilian people.

Register the assembly process of the exposed Xingu house, and check the video that illustrates its construction by clicking here.


Below are some records of the opening of the exhibition:


MCB held a round table on the Xingu house, its cultural and social context. The event was attended by Milton Guran, curator of the show, Carlos Fausto, an anthropologist dedicated to the study of the Kuikuro, Mutua Mehinaku Kuikuro, professor and president of the Kuikuro Indigenous Association of Alto Xingu, and Carlos Lemos, professor of postgraduate studies at the Department of History of Architecture and Aesthetics of FAU-USP. Check the records:

About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the cultural material of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country used in architecture and Project. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also offers educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing a museum professional for the formation of critical thinking on topics such as architecture, urbanism, clothing, economics creativity, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its various initiatives, the Design MCB Award stands out, the main segment award in the country held since 1986; and the Casas do Brasil project, rescue and conservation of memory about the country’s cultural diversity.

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