On display from 26 July to 14 September 2008.

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

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

Exhibition Exhibition

Opening of the Show

Some images date back almost 30 years, such as 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 entire ritual.

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

Exposed Records

Exhibition Assembly


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

Show Sounding

Track “Atanga”:


Check out the other tracks: “Kagutu”, “Kuluta”, “Takwara” and “Tihehe”


Mockup Assembly

The MCB held a roundtable on the Xinguan house, its cultural and social context. The event included the participation of Milton Guran, curator of the exhibition, Carlos Fausto, 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, head professor of postgraduate studies at the Department of History of Architecture and Aesthetics at FAU-USP.

Round Table

Exhibition Catalog “Casas do Brasil – 2008”
Access the full catalog by clicking here.

Construction of the Hollow



About MCB
The Museu da Casa Brasileira, an institution of the Secretariat of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the material culture of the Brazilian house, being the only museum in the country specializing in architecture and design. The MCB’s program includes temporary and long-term exhibitions, with an agenda that also includes educational service activities, debates, lectures and publications contextualizing the museum’s vocation for the formation of critical thinking on themes such as architecture, urbanism, housing, economy creative, urban mobility and sustainability. Among its numerous initiatives, the MCB Design Award, the main award in the segment in the country, held since 1986, stand out; and the Casas do Brasil project, to rescue and preserve the memory of the rich diversity of living in the country.

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