Chapadão - um pedacinho da Polónia no Brasil

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Jadwiszczak, G. (2012). Chapadão - um pedacinho da Polónia no Brasil. Studia Romanica Posnaniensia, 39(4), 127–142.


The present paper is devoted to a small community of Polish descent settled in Chapadão, located in the State of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil. The area of research involved personal encounters, talks and interviews conducted in Chapadão from 2008 to 2010. Additionally, surveys were carried out via electronic mailings with residents of that area. The surveys inquired about the history of Brazil, the Polish immigration scattered throughout the country and the specific problems of the contemporary Brazilian society. The main part of the study focuses on issues currently dealt with by the people of Polish origin settled at this specific part of the Brazilian inland. The specific issues raised in this section comprise: the history of the community as it is held in its collective memory, the maintenance of ancestral traditions (folk style of clothes, music and cooking, religious rites, etc.), the community’s economic expansion (based on some statistical data, as well) and some peculiar traits of the Polish language spoken in Chapadão. The study accounts for how such small and seemingly forgotten Polish communities, living in peripheral areas, succeed in preserving spiritual links with their country of origin, even in the era of the world’s becoming a global village.


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