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Museo de Indio and Maracana

Yesterday was a pretty busy day. We started out with going to the Museo de Indio and looking at the exhibit that they currently have on the Ashinaka tribe. The exhibit contained many pictures of the indigenous people in their traditional clothes and with the traditional paint patterns on their faces. There were also examples of the different feathered headdresses that the tribe wears, with different colors and patterns representing different things. Finally there was a room that was dedicated to the clothing of the Ashinanka. I thought this was one of the best parts of the exhibit since before we came to Brazil we had spent 5 weeks weaving and now we were able to see the techniques that we learned put in to practice.

After the museum we came back to the hotel and had a little bit of time to get food before classes started at 1:30pm. Unfortunately, the day before I developed a migraine so I did not go to class yesterday so that I could have an opportunity to try and recuperate before going to the soccer game at Maracana. This meant that I was able to sleep for a few hours which helped me to feel much better.

Around 5:00pm we left the hotel and began to walk to the metro station. It was finally time for us to take the metro to Maracana, one of the largest futbol stadiums in the world! While we expected the metro to be busy, due to rush hour, we were not prepared for the masses of people that we encountered at the station. Getting on the train was a struggle because of how full it was, and it only became more of a struggle as people continued to get on the train at each of the 12 stops we had on our way to the stadium. I would say there was a collective sigh of relief when we all got off at the Maracana station!

While the game didn’t start until 7:30 our professors wanted us to be able to get to the stadium early so that we could walk around and see everything that Maracana has to offer. We took lots of pictures on our way to the gate and some people bought hats from the home team Fluminense, whose colors are green and red. When we got to our seats the stadium didn’t have many people there, which surprised Mariano because apparently last night’s game between Fluminense and CAM was supposed to be a big game. As it got closer to game time more people began to trickle in to the stadium.

Between not knowing Portuguese and having never seen more than a few minutes of a soccer game before last night watching a soccer game in Brazil was a whole new experience for me! There was a lot of chanting, that I didn’t understand, and drumming that reverberated through the stadium. While there were not many people at the game when we arrived they announced during half time that there were almost 12,000 in attendance! I don’t attend many sporting events, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times that I have been in the same space as that many people.

While the game was entertaining and there were many almost goals, the game ended with a score of 0-0. After the game we waited a while to leave the stadium so that we wouldn’t get caught in the mob of 12,000 thoroughly disappointed fans.

Feather headdress weaving patterns

Feather headdress weaving patterns

A 0-0 game...

A 0-0 game…

Fluminense v. CAM at Maracana

Fluminense v. CAM at Maracana

Maracana!

Maracana!

Maracana stadium!

Maracana stadium!

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Traditional Ashananka clothing.

Traditional Ashananka clothing.

 

One Response to “Museo de Indio and Maracana”

  1. The soccer game sounds intense! Of all things, I’m wondering what kinds of food are served there at the concession stands?

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