Anita proposes contemporary performances that reclaim the technology of clay stamps (widely known as sello precolombino or pintaderas) created by indigenous populations of the Americas to stamp their bodies

Originally created in the Brazilian Amazon region over 6,600 years Before Present [1], clay stamps were later developed and adopted by different indigenous cultures throughout the American continent, especially by the native peoples of Amazon, Mesoamerica and the Andes.


[1] The most ancient remaining stamps of the Americas were found at Sambaqui do Bocanga, in São Luis, State of Maranhão, Brazil, dating from 6,600 years ago. Acoording to BANDEIRA (in. Ocupações humanas pré-históricas no litoral maranhense: um estudo arqueológico sobre o sambaqui do Bacanga na Ilha de São Luís, Maranhão. São Paulo: USP/Programa de Pós-Graduação em Arqueologia, 2008b.

Performance of Anita Ekman in the Indigeneous Village Guarani Mbya Tekoa Sapukai. Model Wera Mirim and children, Juny 2017.
Pictures of Ana Mesquita.