Ogwa, Untitled and undated, pencil and acrylic on paper. Photos: João Liberato

NIn the 1950s, the indigenous Ogwa (1937-2008) collaborated with ethnologists and anthropologists, such as the Hungarian Branislava Susnik, acting as a kind of “informant” on the customs of the Ishir, people originally from Paraguay, inhabitants of the community of Puerto Diana , on the banks of the Paraguay River and north of the Gran Chaco. Ogwa reported on myths and rituals through drawings, expressing himself better this way than orally, as he did not speak Spanish or Guarani, only the language of his people.

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