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Guido Boggianni Anthropological, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum

Paraguayan Aboriginal Culture

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Guido Boggianni Anthropological, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum

Paraguayan Aboriginal Culture

In the Guido Boggianni Anthropological, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, you will discover the most enjoyable and educational aspect of the ancestral indigenous cultures that have populated Paraguay since the dawn of time. It is named in honour of the photographer and Italian explorer Guido Boggianni, whose story started with an interest in these aboriginal communities, but had a gruesome ending. In spite of living with and portraying the tribespeople, using an improvised photographic laboratory in the jungle (around 1894), his hosts ended up believing that he was using his photography to steal their souls, so they killed him; they crushed his skull, decapitated him and buried his body, head and camera separately. Grisly ending aside, the Museum offers an interesting tour of the Guaraní linguistic families, their rituals, masks, feather art and ornamentation. There is also a section devoted to prehistoric archaeological discoveries, while another department continues studying and disseminating existing indigenous races.



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