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[They] painted their constellations in the sky, being the firmament the backbone of their daily lives. According to the shamans, the Earth is no more than a reflection of the sky. Therefore, knowing the sky helps to survive, and is inherently connected to the Indigenous culture, such as their myths, rituals, music, dance, and arts". Germano Bruno Afonso, "The Sky of The Brazilian Indigenous People"

Most people can identify at least a few constellations in the sky, usually by their Greek name. The earliest records of constellations in Europe come from Aratus and Ptolemy, but their origin probably dates back centuries before the publishing. While Aratus and Ptolemy were finding shapes in the night sky, many other observers were doing the same around the world: connecting the dots in different ways and giving them different meanings.

 

The MASTERPIECES by Daterra Auction of 2021 is inspired by the constellations observed by the native folks of Brazil.

Through these constellations, we can all learn more about the fauna, flora, and daily lives of these communities. Let us remind you that it's impossible to speak of the Indigenous people of Brazil as a single, homogenous group. There are hundreds of ethnicities, each with their own culture and knowledge, some more documented than others. Whenever possible, we credit the group that observed the constellation, and we encourage you to learn more about them.

Most people don't know that the native Indigenous people of Brazil had vast astronomy knowledge and their own constellations system, as complex and as beautiful as the Greek standard. Such technical understanding could only come from groups deeply connected to nature. For example, by observing the skies and waters, they already knew the moon influenced the sea tides way before science could prove it. In 1612 French missionary Claude d'Abbeville spent four months in Brazil living with the Tupinambá group. In the book he published about his experience, d'Abbeville writes that the Tupinambás attributed the tides to the moon – a theory demonstrated by Isaac Newton 75 years later. But how come such rich heritage is so little known even amongst Brazilians? As we studied the theme (and told everyone we know about it), we inevitably started connecting the dots (pun intended) with coffee and all of its abstract shapes.

For thousands of years, the stories we share with you today were kept in Indigenous communities across Brazil until astrophysicist Professor Germano Bruno Afonso got permission to register it. Professor Germano, who passed in 2021, dedicated his life to cataloging and communicate this ancestral wisdom.

In general, the Indigenous people of Brazil reject the written medium - in their understanding, stories are alive when they are spoken – written words, however, are immutable. A story told from one person to another is a story that can live in a myriad of ways. Meanwhile, a written story can never be so dynamic.

So, yes, there are a lot of words here, but we're also trying to tell a story differently: through taste.

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