Welcome to capoeirahistory.com
a website dedicated to the history of capoeira.
The site will focus on two projects:
Contemporary capoeira is an umbrella term that includes the various forms and styles that are practiced around the world today.
This formative period of the 1940s to the 1980s, in Rio de Janeiro, was essential for the constitution of capoeira contemporânea but has not yet received the attention it deserves.
At the same time, it induces the production and potentializes the circulation of fake news.
Capoeira traditions are in the public domain and no doubt, capoeiristas, in particular, should have easy access to information about this immaterial heritage. On the other side we don’t accept that work by living artists should be reproduced without asking for their consent, eventually preventing them to make a living from their art. For that reason, we think transparency is important. We aim to obtain authorisations and provide references of all the sources we display. We also endeavour to discover new sources through our research and create new resources by interviewing masters with significant experience and knowledge of capoeira history. We furthermore intend to provide a space for creative work related to capoeira, for example photography, poetry, and music.We believe that the knowledge of capoeira’s rich history can inform debates about capoeira’s role in the contemporary world. We hope to contribute to this in collaboration with other like-minded capoeira researchers, mestres, groups and websites.
In the “hippie era”: the rediscovery of capoeira in Pará in the 1970s
By Luiz Augusto Pinheiro Leal and Fabio Araújo Fernandes. The history of capoeira has for…
The imprisonment of capoeiras on Ilha Grande
By Myrian Sepúlveda dos Santos and Gabriel da Silva Vidal Cid. Background The history of…
Helinä Rautavaara’s Living Collections from Brazil
By Kristina Tohmo. The Helinä Rautavaara Museum was named after the founder, researcher and journalist…
The Adventures of a Capoeira in the Magical Realm of Cordel Literature
By Lobisomem (Victor Alvim Itahim Garcia). Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, I only…