Jaguapiru village, Dourados Indigenous Reserve, MS, Brazil — The cracks in the walls of Floriza de Souza Silva’s home ran deep the day the prayer house came down.
They spread like tree roots, splitting the clay-like mud held in place by bamboo framing as the ground shook from the explosion across the rust-dirt road. The three buildings where the matriarch lived with her husband, Jorge da Silva, and parts of her extended family stood firm, but the oca – where many Guarani-Kaiowá Indigenous people living in and around the Dourados Indigenous Reserve came to pray – began to buckle, its thatched roof cascading to the ground.
By Jill Langlois
Photos by Flavio Forner for Al Jazeera
Originally published online on December 2, 2020.