THE SACRED CAVE OF KAMUKUWAKÀ
THE DESTRUCTION OF INDIGENOUS CULTURES IN BRAZIL


The cave of Kamukuwaká, a sacred petroglyph site representing the cosmogony of the inhabitants of Upper-Xingu, Brazil, and registered national monument, has been intentionally mutilated.

In September 2018, on a Factum Foundation visit to conduct high-resolution documentation of the sacred cave as a precautionary measure for such an attack, it was discovered that these petroglyphs had been systematically destroyed with chisels.

The data captured from this trip was combined with photographic documentation dating from before the attack to produce an entire 3D recreation of the cave. The Wauja have been working with the team in Factum to ensure the digital recreation is perfect and that the petroglyphs are correct. The digital restoration is now complete, and the physical reconstruction of the cave is currently underway.

Part of this process is explored in this video: the careful digital restoration of the petroglyphs, carried out by Factum's expert 3D sculptor in close correspondence with the Wauja community.

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