NEH on the Road Tour

Bandits & Heroes will circulate throughout the US from 2015 – 2020 through the NEH on the Road program. Please visit the NEH on the Road website for up-to-date tour information.


Original Tour

Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History

Detroit, Michigan
August 15 – January 5, 2014

DuSable Museum
of African American History

Chicago, Illinois
May 9 – August 17, 2014

Robert W. Woodruff Library,
Atlanta University Center

Atlanta, Georgia
September 7. 2014 – May 18, 2015

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Exhibition Fact Sheet
Exhibition Photos
Press and Media

The Land & Its People

Brazil’s early history is entwined with the story of slavery. From 16th century plantations along the agriculturally rich coast and fugitive slave communities far inland, an African as well as European presence has shaped daily life and given rise to a distinctive culture. Today an African spirit is evident in colorful festivals, distinctive cuisine and samba rhythms and in movements for social equality. This section tells this story and celebrates its heroes.

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Expressions of Faith

This part of the exhibition presents the African-Brazilian religion of Candomblé, exploring its historic African roots and its intersection with Roman Catholicism. In photographs, paintings, and religious objects, visitors see colorful religious processions, festivals, and pilgrimages of these two religious traditions. This section also explores recent popular expressions of the evangelical faith.

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Poetry, Celebration & Song

Taking inspiration from literatura de cordel (literature on a string) created by singing poets who traditionally sold their songs in small, inexpensive chapbooks in rural markets and fairs throughout the Northeast, this section introduces folk legends and popular festivals. Colorful prints, fanciful sculptures, typical handmade toys, utensils and festival costumes give access to the wit, imagination and wisdom of the people of Brazil’s Northeast.

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