Aboporu is our totem. The word means ‘cannibal’, in the tupi-guarani language (aba = man; poru = to eat.) In 1928, Tarsila do Amaral painted abaporu as a present for Oswald de Andrade’s 38th birthday. The painting inspired him to write his Manifesto Antropófago, a call for cultural appropriation that launched Brasilian modernism. A stylized version of Tarsila’s painting illustrates the first issue of Revista de Antropofagia, where the Manifesto was first published.
Fittingly, abaporu’s image has been widely appropriated. Here are a few examples (click on the thumbnails for details):
Play some abaporu games: