Figure 6. Map of the Xingu River Basin and the Xingu Indigenous Park.
Intoni Suyá, Axinxin Juruna, and Ipó Kayabi, three of my eldest students at the
Diauarum School from 1980 to 1984, were very keen about portraying the
relationship between humans and other beings according to the cosmologies of their
own societies. The maps they drew, always displayed on the plank walls of our
thatched-roof school house, portrayed humans and other animals in close interaction.
Antigamente - in ancient times - as most narratives inevitably started, the world
was inhabited exclusively by non-human animals. Humans came later, only to be
taught how to socialize with other animals, as well as partake in the discoveries and