Oca (structure)

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Oca is the name given to the typical Brazilian indigenous housing. The term comes from the Tupi-Guarani language family.

The ocas are buildings of big dimension, and may reach 40 m in length.[1] They are built through joint effort over one week, with a wooden structure and bamboo and straw cover or palm leaves. They can last 15 years. They have no internal divisions or windows, only a few doors and serve as collective housing for several families.[2]

See also

References and notes

  • COP8/MOP3, 16 March 2003. Amanhã, cerimônia ao pôr do sol inaugura ocas Xavante, by Marina Koçouski.
  • Arte Indígena
  1. ^ "Conhecendo uma oca". Sua Pesquisa (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Diferentes Moradias" (PDF). Educacional (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 October 2016.
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