The natural curves of Rio de Janeiro call the attention of those who arrive to the city by land, air or by sea. Its hills have many stories to tell. It was on them that the first Portuguese raised their houses when they came to Brazil, where the defenses and forts were installed and also where the African-Brazilian culture gained strength and spread to the rest of the city.
The name "favela" comes from the plant "Cnidoscolus quercifolius", a shrub with white flowers native of the Northeast of Brazil which was brought by veterans of the Canudos War. When they arrived in Rio de Janeiro, they came to live in what is now Providência Hill. The name of the plant became synonymous with makeshift dwellings erected in the city's hills (photo: Marcos Tristão/ Museu do Amanhã).
Get to know the lives of those who inhabit the port hills of Rio.
Museu do Amanhã
Curator: Luiz Alberto Oliveira
Content Director: Alfredo Tolmasquim
Contetn Manager: Leonardo Menezes
Edit: Emanuel Alencar
Writer: Eduardo Carvalho
Trainee: Thaís Cerqueira
Photos: Marcos Tristão e I Hate Flash
Video: Monclar Filmes