After having travelled for thirteen years through some of the most important cultural institutions in Germany, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Slovenia, and after having recieved more than seven million visitors, the City of Culture of Galicia in collaboration with Cisneros Foundation, shows for the first time in the Iberian Peninsula the Orinoco Collection, the world's most important exhibition of Latin American ethnic art, belonging to the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
Under the title "Orinoco. Journey to a lost world", the Gaiás offers a unique tribute to the cultural tradition of the twelve ethnic groups living in the Venezuelan Amazon: De'aruwa (Piaroa) Ye'kuana, Yanomami, Hiwi (Guahibo) , E'ñepa (Panare) Wakuenai (Curripaco), Baniva, Bare, Puinave, Warekena, Tsase (Piapoco) and Hoti. Composed of a wide selection of useful objects used by each indigenous people, the collection consists of over 1,500 pieces collected over fifty years of exploration: masks, basketry, body ornaments, musical instruments, feathered, canoes, paddles or gear , everyday objects and magical-religious objects made of forest materials, from parts of animals to plants and minerals.
The Orinoco Collection immerses in the socalled "Lost World", a protected and warm place in the heart of the Amazon jungle, where only one percent of the sunlight manages to reach the ground by noon, but where the human being found twelve thousand years ago a cozy place with all the necessary to live. The exhibition is a hymn to unspoiled nature and to the respect for the environment as well as a tribute to traditional cultures and their environmentally friendly way of live.
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