A personal selection of photographs with their stories in English, Portuguese, and Dutch (scroll down for the Portuguese and Dutch texts).
23. Toddler with drum / Criança com tambor / Peuter met trommeltje
NOVEMBER 2007: Toddler with drum
On a sunny Saturday in November, this little girl was taking some rest, while sucking on her pacifier, at Praça da Liberdade in Belo Horizonte. She must have been playing a lot on her little plastic drum. That day, a big parade was going on, in memory of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares on 20 November 1695. Late seventeenth century, Zumbi was the leader of a quilombo –a refugee site of free slaves and slaves on the run – and had become as the symbol of African resistance against Portuguese dominance. Betrayal resulted in his capture and death. The day is now known as the day of Afro-Brazilian awareness, and has…
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