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Cost: $2,950.00 per person. For single room add $450.00. Deposit is $750.00. Early Bird Discount is $250.00 if registered by April 10, 2014. Additional day at the Boa Morte can be arranged. Register at or email Call 612-7873644.
Tour Inclusions Airfare from Miami to Brazil and back to Miami. All land transportation that is part of the itinerary and for international travel, intra-country flights as stated in the itinerary, unless otherwise stated in the itinerary. English speaking Tour Guides Daily breakfasts Entrance fees and donations to museums, galleries, and other venues as noted in itinerary. Specific meals as noted in the itinerary. Hotel Accommodations at a 4-Star or 5-Star hotel when available, by location. Airport Transfers on international flights. Tour Exclusions Fees for applicable visas, entry/departure, passports, baggage, personal gratuities, meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary, and travel insurance, unless otherwise noted in the itinerary. U.S. domestic airfares. Personal phone calls, faxes or other personal items, like laundry or dry cleaning. Refunds and Cancellations All cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a forfeiture of the entire deposit/person. Cancellation from 120 to 75 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 10% of the entire cost of the trip per person. Cancellation from 74 days to 30 days will result in forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person . Cancellation from 29 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 100% of the entire cost of the trip per person. All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to Obsidian Arts Center.

Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, & Cachoeira
August 1018, 2014

Afro-BrazilAugust 1018, 2014

Obsidian Arts Center

Afro- Brazil in Three Chapters

The vibrations of Africa have filled and informed the cultural development of Brazil in ways that cause it to be one of the most exciting and yet mysterious global destinations. This art and culturally based journey is crafted to highlight the vibrancy of this country through the lenses of African art and history. We have combined the vitality of Rio, the African -rootedness of Bahia (Salvador) and the poignancy of Cachoeira to give you a rich and refreshing breadth of experiences linked to the countrys African legacy. One of the benefits of the three-chapter journey is that it allows you to see and experience the commonalities and differences of Afro Brazilians from these various parts of the country.

Salvador de BahiaContd
Visit Museo Afro Brasileiro Consult with traditional spiritual leaders Visit the studios of Afro Brazilian artists Visit the famed Ile Aye Music and Dance School Consult with cultural activists regarding todays challenges to the Afro Brazilian community

Rio de Janeiro
With the seductive sounds of samba as their rallying cry, Rios residents, from the world -famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema to the tops of scenic outlooks of Corcovado and Po de Acar to the dance halls, bars and open-air cafes Rio have benefited from its strong African roots. Our look at Rio is centered in the African influences and contemporary flowering of the country on the worlds stage. During our time in Rio we will visit: Corcovado Mountain World famous beaches Favelas and learn about the daily life of its residents Consult with leaders of the citys Afro Brazilian Museum Afro Brazilian artists studios and art markets Consult with leaders of Afro Brazilian community development projects

CachoeriaFesta de Boa Morte

Cachoeria hosts one of the most revered African-centered festivals in the world, the Boa Morte. The Sisterhood of Our Lady of the Good Death (Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte) is a small but renowned AfroCatholic religious group in the state of Bahia, Brazil. Founded in the early 19th century as a Churchsponsored beneficent Sisterhood for female African (Ewe and Fon) slaves and former slaves, it became one of the oldest and most respected worship groups for Candombl, the major African-based religion in Brazil. During our time in Cachoeria we will: Attend opening celebrations of the Boa Morte Festival Visit the studios of Afro Brazilian artists Journey to the historical site of a Maroon (escaped slaves) village Consult with leaders of the Sisterhood

Salvador de Bahia
We began our journey in the heart of Brazilian blacknessSalvador in the state of Bahia, is the center of African heritage and culture in Brazil, and birthplace of Samba and Capoeira. Salvador de Bahia is a vibrant hub of many African influences, as it was once the center of the former African slave trade. During our time in Salvador we will:

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