Jasy Porß, Open Mbya Village

It has its own permanent handicrafts market. Hiking across the unspoiled forests and a visit to an intercultural school are offered to visitors.
A GuaranÝ brotherhood living in a community and following a lifestyle passed on by their elders still remains in the surroundings of Puerto Iguaz˙. For a while, the Mbya village known as Josy Porß has been open to visitors to teach them about their beliefs, their relationship with nature and their rites, which consist in worshipping Đanderu, their creator.

We paid a visit to the venue located in the Yriap˙ Rainforest, where we found this native reserve. We were welcomed by one of its representatives, who guided us through a trail up to a woodland area containing typical species from the Paranß region. In the meantime, he told us stories and legends he had heard from his elders and which had been passed on from one generation to the next. These included his hunting secrets and ancient survival strategies. We made some questions about their relationship with the land, the sky and their gods. His answers were quite complete for us to grasp enough knowledge.

The main source of income for these people is the handicrafts they make, especially the baskets woven with vegetable fiber. They carve animal figures in wood and use seeds to make necklaces and bracelets.
  • His own stable craft fair

    His own stable craft fair

  • Carved wooden figures of animals

    Carved wooden figures of animals

  • Guarani families

    Guarani families

  • In the heart of Mount missionary

    In the heart of Mount missionary

A group of children offered us several songs from their repertoire while they played some rudimentary drums. Afterwards, they escorted us joyfully, asking us about our own origin.

We had the chance to taste their typical dishes, rich in flavors. We added new flavors to our palate. We tasted mbey˙ and reviro, two dishes based on flours of different origin, fat, salt and sugar in the second one..

We felt the conversations we had with the members of these GuaranÝ families showed us a different perspective of life. They have a more natural, simpler and quieter lifestyle. We rescued their desire to recover tradition and protect their identity and tongue. In a way, we learned many things we will never forget.

Mˇnica Pons / Pablo Etchevers

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