Brinquedos à Mão: Playtime is Culture

Brazilian toys

Caixa Cultural has an exhibition called Brinquedos à Mão, a collection of 900 handmade toys from northeastern and rural Brazil. Although I don’t have the same connection or sense of nostalgia as possibly other people at the exhibit, I still enjoy seeing how culture is manifested through traditional toys. Which one’s your favorite?

brazilian toys

Puppets

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The floral material is a traditional Brazilian cloth called chita.

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It's hard to see, but the doll on the right is playing the triangle.

It’s hard to see, but the doll on the right is playing the triangle.

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Bumba Meu Boi

Bumba Meu Boi

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Alright, so not all of them are traditional. The two on the right are called cangaçeiros.

Alright, so not all of them are traditional. The two on the right are called cangaçeiros.

I wish i had this parque de diversão as a kid!

I wish i had this parque de diversão as a kid!

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"So this is life..."

“So this is life…”

Brazilian dollhouse, complete with its rede, or hammock

Brazilian dollhouse, complete with its rede, or hammock

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These are tiny as well.

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I refer to this one as Freddie Mercury.

I refer to this one as Freddie Mercury.

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I looked this game up and it's sort of similar to jacks.

I looked this game up and it’s similar to jacks.

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Wooden puppets

Wooden puppets

A little hard to see because of the glass casing, but it depicts the dry sertão in the northeast.

The dry sertão in the northeast.

 

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