Not only will you find a unique souvenir, but you'll also be helping to maintain these indigenous communities
The National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) has a chain of shops throughout Brazil, which sell items relating to the life and history of the indigenous peoples of the country. Integrated into the Artíndia programme, the shop in Río de Janeiro is located in the Indian Museum on Palmeiras Street in the Botafogo neighbourhood. The shops offer a collection of specialised books, as well as films, CDs, and numerous handmade products. There is also a section for souvenirs, including T-shirts and other items of clothing. The existence of these shops is very important for the survival of the indigenous communities, as the proceeds are dedicated to maintaining their way of life and developing their level of education. For this reason, the prices of the Artíndia products are relatively cheap, since one of its main purposes is to educate visitors about these Brazilian inhabitants. This is not the only work of FUNAI (www.funai.gov.br), an institution linked to the Ministry of Justice and founded in 1967. It is also in charge of promoting sustainable development policies, in order to prevent the destruction of the ecosystems that exists in many of these towns.
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