05.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Vessels of Brazil Project and UNESCO release the book “The Root Sailing Raft”

Motivated by the identification of a rare type of sailing raft made with roots, along with one of the few fishermen in the coast of Brazil still retaining its building technique, the publication “The Root Sailing Raft” will be launched next Tuesday (9 October), 7 pm, in Brasília.

The book, produced by architect Edson Fogaça in cooperation with UNESCO, will be launched at Livraria Cultura in Iguatemi Shopping Mall, Lago Norte, with a brief presentation by the author, who will then be available to sign the copies.

This bilingual book – in Portuguese and English – uncovers details and features of the centuries-old building technique of the Timbaúba wood sailing raft, as documented by the Brazilian Vessels Project (Projeto Embarcações do Brasil) in the coast of the State of Ceará. Its 112 pages unveil the mysteries of the craft of artisanal fisherman Edilson Miguel da Silva, 61, who, for 35 years, has built and employed this type of raft, which has nowadays been replaced with more up-to-date vessels.

This publication gifts nautical heritage enthusiasts with the opportunity of getting to know an instigating chapter of traditional boat-building history in Brazil. The book, to be sold by Livraria Cultura all over Brazil, is illustrated with beautiful pictures taken by photographer Niven Franci as well as schematic drawings that faithfully register the memory of this piece of Brazilian historical and cultural heritage. The publication includes a DVD of the documentary “The Root Sailing Raft”, Mostra Brasília Award Winner for Best Editing at the Brasília Festival of Brazilian Cinema 2012.

Vessels of Brazil Project

The book and the documentary are products of the Vessels of Brazil Project, which has been conducting careful research work for over 10 years about artisanal boat-building traditional knowledge in Brazil. The project’s aim is to produce video documentaries, photographs and publications about these vessels and their surrounding traditions, contributing to the preservation of this scarcely known Brazilian heritage.

Since 2001, the project’s crew has been visiting the main traditional fishing areas throughout the coast, rivers and lakes in the country, producing images and interviews with master-builders, seafarers and artisanal raftsmen, who give their accounts of the millenary secrets of the craft such as building and sailing know-how as well as other aspects of their cultural heirloom.


Press contact:
Communication Office
Isabel de Paula, (61)2106-3538/98468061, isabel.paula@unesco.org.br

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