The Cozido practice and local identity
through another perspective:
the children from the School of Furnas
An important part of the Sulfur project is the contact with the community and the research we are interested in developing with people who come into contact with practices and rituals related to cooking and eating together. One of such contacts with the community had to imply the inclusion of children's views on the subject.
There were two days of encounters with children from six classes, in which corisca developed several activities, from pre-primary to fifth grade. Some of these activities resulted in some graphic translations of the representations that live in the children's imagination around the cozido.
The goal was to have contact with this practice through different points of view, with the diversity of social contexts and age groups and enhancing the involvement of the community, which includes children, as wise persons of the present and builders of popular memory.
All the activities developed with the children were different, designed especially for each class and with different points related to the universe of this practice: from the creation of collective history, plastic and corporal expression and exploration of sounds, to the sharing of tales and legends and the practice of listening.
The diversity of relationships that children have with the cozido (sons/daughters of Caldeira’s workers, restaurants, families who eat this stew as a family practice, or even the unfamiliarity of this tradition) is impressive. And this meeting brought the possibility of adding to our collection a series of objects that were produced by these students and that reflect the way they experience cooking, domestic work, food and the legends and narratives of Lagoa das Furnas.
In addition to the coordination between the collective and the School, namely with Professor Telma Bernardes, the documentation and collection of material developed records a meeting with about one hundred children from the parish.
Direção regional da Cultura do Governo dos Açores
Direção Geral das Artes (DGARTES)
Programa Pares (Associação Anda&Fala)
Programa Põe-te em Cena (Direção Regional da Juventude do Governo dos Açores).
Escola Básica 1,2,3/JI de Furnas and Insco