We would like to share with our friends the origin of the brand name MaCae. It comes from the language spoken by the Poyanawa tribe and translates into "Walk Together". We selected this name to honor our Brazilian heritage, to raise awareness of the history of native tribes that inhabited Brazil prior to the European arrival and to share our belief that no matter your gender, geography, language, religion, social and economic status, we can all "Walk Together" on this planet. The Poyanawa is one of the 50 variations of the Tupi Guarani family of languages which was the most important in South America until the Portuguese arrived when about 3 million indigenous people populated Brazil. Many of the current popular words used in Portuguese trace its origins to Tupi Guarani, including Jaguar, Iguacu, Copacabana and Carioca. Like many other indigenous people, the Poyanawa were basically decimated by European diseases, confrontation and later forced to worked in Seringais (Rubber plantations) in the Amazon state. For centuries, they were colonized and forbidden to speak their language which, until recently, became nearly extinct. Today, the tribe still exists with a population of about 650 people in the state of Acre, in the Amazon region and they experience a rebirth. Their territory has been legitimized, and their native tongue, culture and ancient traditions have been brought back to life. Like many natives, the Poyanawa tribe was traditionally nomad and wherever they roamed, they MaCae. We celebrate their history and would like to inspire the world to learn about civilizations that for thousands of years inhabited Brazil and the Americas. We can learn from them and how they lived in harmony with the planet. Let's go MaCae, let's Walk Together.

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