Resistance Community

What is Quilombos?

In this study group, we will be comparing and contrasting the Quilombos movement to that of contemporary intentional communities in North America.

Imagine our movement of progressive intentional communities here in the U.S.A. We are an octopus, reaching all over the globe with our various arms, latching onto the ankles of leaders and groups from past epochs - their concepts and contributions. When we reach down to the highlands of Brazil we are craving and multiplying the wisdom of the Quilombos.

The quilombos were a network of inland settlements, hideouts, and farms where Africans who escaped the colonial plantation system could live and work together, support each other, exchange resources, and interact with Natives Americans . Culture and community could thrive at a tenuous distance from Portuguese colonial activity near the coast.

Quilombos culture had its origins in Central Africa, where various tribal lineages found it pleasing to unite in agreement for mutual aid and protection. Quilombos Palmares (in the Brazilian state of Alagoas) included tens of thousands and persisted for over 80 years. Ultimately, colonial authorities defeated these liberators' attempts, but the legends and practices live on today in Afro-Brazilian folkloric arts.

Welcome to the Quilombos Study Group. We invite you and yours into a study of this phenomenon beginning with a viewing of the following documentary and a discussion of the strengths, weaknesses, and potential progressive applications of Quilombos today. Will you gather your community and watch? It's two hours long; the video contains the film twice. Parental supervision strongly recommended.

Quilombos - a Film by Carlos Diegues