The arrival in Obidos, this small town in the state of Pará, was special. Its architecture, remnants of Portuguese colonization, is better preserved than in other cities, and gave us the feeling of a concern with the heritage by the residents and public management. We were welcomed from the first moment (this approach was facilitated by the careful attention of Rogério, an student at UFOPA from Óbidos). The Secretary of Culture, Mr. Sandro, received us and organized a visit to the main historical sites of the city. We visited the fort and the museum. In several conversations we had, a name stood out as a reference to local history, Mrs. Idaliana, a lady who, for years, has been searching intensely to know about the history of their region and the appreciation of the different cultures that coexist there. She has a special interest in the quilombolas groups and the dissemination of their knowledge. She welcomed us into her home, in a tireless and generous way, and tried to present us all the knowledge that she has been building up about the region’s history. Her leadership is remarkable, aside from the fact that her name is unanimous when it comes to local history. Her house is a meeting place for pleasant conversation and story-telling.
Text: Silvio Luiz Cordeiro. Image: Cristina Demartini.