Instituto Xepi is found in the Kaupüna village, south of the Xingu Indigenous Territory, in the municipality of Gaúcha do Norte, Mato Grosso, in the heart of Brazil. Their village was founded in 2014 by just two families, and over five years, they have grown to include more families. Today there are 60 people from 13 families, including children, young adolescents, and adults. Instituto de Arte Indígena Brasileira Xepí was founded in 2019. Their goal is to value the originality of Indigenous art by legally commercializing it. They believe that Indigenous art deserves to be recognized as a part of Brazilian culture. With a strong desire for their art to reach other cultures and be known and valued, and enrich everyone who meets it, the artisans use consumer pieces that are part of everyday life. They also hope to also bring knowledge about the history and rituals of their Indigenous communities. The crafts produced by Instituto Xepi include wood, ceramics, basketry, and plumage–to name a few. Both women and men take part in the artisanal production; the baskets and mats presented for the Selvedge World Fair are part of the female output. All items produced, in addition to being made for sale, are for everyday use. They function as a social demarcate and have a cosmological dimension, some of which are used by shamans to transcend the material world.
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