Living Patrimony of Pernambuco

Lúcia Gaspar
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In an unprecedented initiative in Brazil, Pernambuco was the first Brazilian state to institute, through Public Administration, the Registrar of Living Patrimony, which recognises and gives a monthly living allowance to representatives of popular and traditional culture from the State.

The Registrar of Living Patrimony Law (Law nº 12.196, on 2 May 2002) has the objective of preserving the popular and traditional manifestations of Pernambuco culture, as well as allowing its artists to share their knowledge with new generations of students and apprentices.

The selection of those considered is carried out through a process starting with the nomination by cultural organisations and government organs, and evaluation by the State Council for Culture (CEC). Those awarded the honour assume the mission of transferring their knowledge to students and apprentices in teaching and instruction programmes.

To be considered, candidates must be Brazilian, resident in Pernambuco for over 20 (twenty) years; able to prove their participation in cultural activities for more than 20 years prior to the date of their request for inscription; and be capable of sharing their knowledge or techniques to students and apprentices.

According to the law, three new names must be registered as Living Patrimony each year until 2021 (60 representatives). As the selection process started only in 2005, in January 2006 the title was given to 12 representatives, corresponding to the retroactive period of the law’s creation (2002).

In accordance with the law, a monthly living allowance of 750 reals to individuals and 1,500 reals to groups is awarded as an incentive to the artists and cultural groups.

The first recipients were the musicians Canhoto da ParaíbaCamarãoLia de Itamaracá and Mestre Salustiano; the potters Manuel Eudócio, Ana das Carrancas, Nuca and Zé do Carmo; the cordel poets J. Borges and Dila; as well as the Carnival Maracatu group Leão Coroado and the marching band Sociedade Musical Curica.

The award ceremony of the first 12 recipients of Living Patrimony of Pernambuco was open to the public and took place in front of the Governor’s Palace (Campo das Princesas), in Recife, at 7pm on 31 January 2006.

Pernambuco dignitaries and musicians, such as Lenine, Naná Vasconcelos and Alceu Valença, awarded the titles to those honoured.

In December 2006, three more Living Patrimony of Pernambuco candidates were chosen: O Clube de Alegoria e Crítica O Homem da Meia Noite (The Midnight Man Fun and Satire Club), the circus artist Índia Morena (Margarida Pereira de Alcântara) and the cordel poet and woodcutter José Costa Leite.

In 2007, earning the title of Living Patrimony of Pernambuco were the potter Zezinho de Tracunhaém, filmmaker Fernando Spencer and the quilombola community Confraria do Rosário de Floresta do Navio.

The three winners of the 2008 edition of the Registrar of Living Patrimony of Pernambuco Public Contest, organised by the state government, were: Dona Selma do Coco, Caboclinho Sete Flexas de Água Fria (Seven Arrows of Agua Fria Caboclinho Club) and the Teatro Experimental de Arte de Caruaru (Experimental Art Theatre of Caruaru).

In 2009, the award went to composer José Nunes de Souza, Maestro Nunes, born in Vicência, maracatu de baque virado group Estrela Brilhante de Igarassu (Shining Star of Igarassu) and Clube Indígena Canindé do Recife (Canindé Indigenous Club), the oldest Caboclinho group in Pernambuco, founded in 1897.

Recife, 3 March 2006.
(Updated on 14 January 2010).
Translated by Peter Leamy, February 2011.


DIA da consagração do Patrimônio Vivo. Disponível em:<http://jc3.uol.com.br/jornal/2006/01/31/not_170747.php>. Acesso em: 22 fev. 2006.

PATRIMÔNIO Vivo. Diario de Pernambuco, Recife, 31 jan. 2006. Especial.

PERNAMBUCO tem três novos Patrimônios Vivos, selecionados pelo Conselho Estadual de Cultura. Disponível em: <http://www.fundarpe.pe.gov.br/pernambuco-tem-tres-novos-patrimonios-vivos-selecionados-pelo-conselho-estadual-de-cultura>. Acesso em: 3 jan. 2011.


Source: GASPAR, Lúcia. Living Patrimony of Pernambuco. Pesquisa Escolar On-Line, Joaquim Nabuco Foudation, Recife. Available at: <http://basilio.fundaj.gov.br/pesquisaescolar/>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009.


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