São Miguel Travel Guide

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    Guarani Family
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São Miguel Things to Do

  • the Mission I

    the early Jesuit Mission has been quite an achievment of good will, the Jesuit where genuinely interested in the well being and welfare of the indigenous people, even made great efforts to support self governing settlements, christianisation of the Indians the main insentiv.the main sources of trade and activities where cattle, erva mate, spinning,...

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  • the Mission II

    the astonishing Architecture and the preservation of it, is worth a visit.like the Missions in Trinidade/Paraguay or San Ignazio Mini in Argentina..the Mission in Santo Angelo is the third of its kind.in all of the Missions, around 150 000 indigenous people lived and worked in self-governing settlements.visit the ruinas in Paraguay via the link...

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São Miguel Transportation

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    by pepples46 Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    around 500km from Porto Alegre by Car or Bus, long stretch I know.
    these days there is also a connection from Foz de Iguacu, through the argentine countryside, and only around 200km ..there is an other fine page here on VT, take a closer look

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São Miguel Local Customs

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    the Bride and Brides Maiden

    by pepples46 Updated Jan 18, 2006

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    and the Bridesmaid's. Margarida and I at a wedding at the Kainga tribe.
    tradition had it, the woman choosen the partner and the families arranged the price. the higher the Brides social standing in the tribe, it could get expensive for the Groom

    if you like the know more about the missions in South America and how the get there, the webpage below is okay

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São Miguel Off The Beaten Path

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    by janaina Written Sep 17, 2002

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    SAN MIGUEL DAS MISSOES:I wasn't sure if to add this site here or as a travelogue,think i'll just make the intro about it here,more pics there..
    San miguel is one of my favorite sites in my state,had been there thousand times and never enough.The place is quite far away from Porto Alegre.In the 17th century,the kingdom of Spain sent to this region a group of jesuits in order to convert all the GUARANIS indians,who lived there,to christianism.The main idea was not just to convert them but also to protect the other spanish villages around and the way to Assuncion and buenos Aires.
    According to the story,the indians that refused to be converted were killed,and the ones that accepted became almost slaves of the kingdom.
    The site was announced by the united nations as international human patrimony,you can see the vestiges of the church and the village..here an example!

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  • Kids

    Kids are Kids, from where ever they are, and when they have opportunities they excell, willing to absorb and learn and making their way in life.with not having a chance, a break, no choice can be made. these two, from the Kainga tribe, had a chance...geting schooling, medical care, but I am not sure what has become of them

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  • the People

    while I worked on the Missao ( Mission )Indigena...Toldo Guarita, situated close to the Town of Tenente Portela and not far from Santo Angelo...I got to know some families of the Guarani Tribe quite well. shy people, gentle and excellent guardians of the forest. the man often on the move, searching for jobs outside the reservation,to provide for...

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  • village

    Village setting in the lower Jungle or Selva, hart to get too, the Guarani tribe prefered living away from white settlers...but also away from help when neededhealth problems where, tuberculosis, mal nutrition, cataracts and high child mortality. not to mention many accidends often quite fatal. it took quite a long time till the tribe found out I...

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