Brazil: Society and Culture


World Cultures South America Brazil: Society and Culture
Students learn about the culture of the river dwellers along the Amazon River. Then they explore the Afro-Brazilian influence in Salvador. They research cultural features and challenges in Salvador and present their findings. Finally, they are introduced to some of the etiquette and customs of Brazil and describe them in a letter.

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In this experience, students learn about the culture of the river dwellers along the Amazon River. Then they explore the Afro-Brazilian influence in Salvador. They research cultural features and challenges in Salvador and present their findings. Finally, they are introduced to some of the etiquette and customs of Brazil and describe them in a letter.

Objectives:

  • Describe features of Brazilian culture.
  • Explain the African influence on Brazilian culture.


Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world in both area and population. With a country that large, there is sure to be a range of cultural traditions. You will learn about some of them in this experience.

Objectives:

  • Describe features of Brazilian culture.
  • Explain the African influence on Brazilian culture.




Floating House on the Amazon River


The Brazilians who live along the Amazon River are sometimes called river dwellers. They have their own cultural and social patterns, which sometimes come into conflict with “progress” in Brazil. Learn about one major conflict by watching the first 2:40 of the video Amazonian Dam Raises Hopes of Progress and Fear of Havoc.


How do you think the culture of the river dwellers might be different from the culture of other Brazilians? Make a prediction about life in the other regions of Brazil, particularly the regions that are densely urban with a variety of ethnicities.

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Discuss student responses as a group. Encourage students to think about the role of geography in distinguishing the cultural patterns of different regions of the country.


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