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The process of making cords requires concentration and a precise count on the number of folds in the yard being twisted to ensure that all cords are uniform and without bumps or kinks in the yarn.

Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira hand makes all cords given out at their annual batizado, the public ceremony, initiation and graduation for the group members.

New cordels (cords) ready for students who will be graduating at the 2020 Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira batizado. As more cords are made throughout the pre-batizado season, Professora Amazonas starts to leave them out during the children’s class to…

The process of making cords needs at least two people and a lot of patience. Here, Abelha steps in to hold the cord in place while Professora Amazonas smooths out a bump in the twist.

Professora Amazonas taking a knot out of the yarn in order to make a smooth cord. Capoeiristas try not to throw things away, but problem solve to have less waste.

Professora Amazonas begins making cords for GLDC’s annual batizado at least four months before the event. It is a long and tedious process to make the cords, not only because they represent hard work, dedication, responsibility, and community through…

Professora Amazonas and her student, Abelha, are working together to make cords for the 2020 Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira batizado.

The process of making cords is similar to the process of making twisted lanyard friendship bracelets, but on a much larger scale. It is always a happy moment when a cord comes out with a perfect twist.

Making cords for the annual batizado is a long process. Professora Amazonas uses her ingenuity, adapting a power drill with a hook attachment to speed the process up.

Every year, months before Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira’s annual batizado, Professora Amazonas starts hand making cords, with help from other members of the group.
Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira practicing the instruments, rhythms, and songs of capoeira. Humor and play are sprinkled throughout the classes, from the music to the physical training.
Students break into partner training during the 2019 Halloween roda with Professora Amazonas & Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira.
Playing in the roda provides capoeiristas and students of capoeira to practice and apply the skills they learn while training and in classes and workshops, but also provide a hands-on opportunity to learn more. Here is an example of students helping…
Students from Professora Amazonas' children's class participate in the 2019 Halloween roda. These rodas are held on the first Friday of every month and are often themed for celebrations like holidays and birthdays. At these rodas, students have a…
On October 9, 2019, Raíces Cultural Center had the honor of conducting an oral history interview with Capoeirista Professora Amazonas.


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Professora Amazonas singing and playing the pandeiro in the roda in costume.

Playing the rhythms and singing the songs of capoeira celebrating happiness.

Professora Amazonas of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira sharing songs of capoeira with Raíces Director Francisco G. Gómez.

Pandeiro, a type of frame drum, is one of the instruments used in the batería of capoeira.

Abelha and Rasta, members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira, playing in the batería during one of Professora Amazonas’ classes.
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