Image 1 of 1
Tambor de Crioula Maranhao_09rf00108.jpg
Tambor de Crioula dance celebrating Santa Teresa D`Avila party at Itamatatiua Quilombo in Alcantara, Maranhao State, Northeastern Brazil - tambor de Crioula or punga is an African origin dance practiced by descendants of African slaves in the Brazilian state of Maranhao, in honor of Saint Benedict, one of the most popular saints among black people - it is a joyful colorful dance, marked by a lot of movement and relaxation. A quilombo is a Brazilian hinterland settlement founded by people of African origin. Most of the inhabitants of quilombos were escaped former slaves and, in some cases, a minority of marginalised non-slave Brazilians that faced oppression during colonization.