"We are an organization that aims at reestablishing, promoting and sustaining the traditional values of the Pataxó tribe of Porto Do Boi."

The Community

The Porto do Boi community belongs to the Pataxó tribe in South Bahia. At the Discovery Coast 11,000 Pataxó people currently live inside their protected land in different communities. Porto do Boi consists of a small family community who created a Cultural Centre to be open for visitors since 2004. In 2013 their main structure has fallen down due to the lack of income to maintain the structure. Since then the community had to find other ways of sustaining themselves moving to cities in search of jobs. As a consequence, the Cultural Centre of Porto Do Boi had to close their doors. The space has been a dream carried now for three generations where, the current leader Tige Maturemba Baixu is now gathering help to rebuild the Culture Centre and revive the Pataxó Culture.


The Project

De Volta Ao Porto Do Boi is an organisation that aims at reestablishing, promoting and sustaining the traditional values of the Pataxó tribe of Porto Do Boi. We are a collective of people from various origins and backgrounds that all have at heart the preservation of their culture and tradition. With an ever-growing number of collaborators from all over the planet, the project is investigating strategies to create sustainable structures for the celebration and transmission of the principles of the tribe. Rooted around community living, harmony with nature and spirituality, we consider that the values of the tribe have a great potential to inform contemporary societies. Evolving in a more and more complex world with the ever-growing amount of challenges ranging from environmental issues to urban densification, we consider that by looking back at our roots, we would find empowering tools to guide us towards future solutions.

Our Core Values

Community Living
The intergenerational proximity of the members of the tribe finds its roots in the ways of living of their ancestors. Communal ocas gathered close to one another where multiple families were living very close to one another fostered the collectivist behaviour still witnessable today. Support from generation to generation and knowledge transmission is still ingrained in their way of living and is there to be celebrated.
Harmony With Nature
Synergy and harmony with nature is a key value of the Pataxó tribe of Porto Do Boi. Giving back to nature what you’ve taken from it is rooted very far in the Pataxó tradition and goes hand in hand with the development of a deep body of knowledge about the the environment. Transmitting from generation to generation and culture to culture the understanding they gained from centuries of respect and curiosity.
The close relationship the Pataxó people have maintained with nature and their surroundings led to the development of an acute spiritual consciousness. Celebrating the moon, the sun and many other entities through various rituals and prayers, the lifestyle of the Pataxó tribe of Porto Do Boi is still oriented today in close connection and relation with the transcendental bond their ancestors have developed with their natural context.


Administrative leader of the community



of De Volta Of Porto Boi Project



of De Volta Of Porto Boi Project



of De Volta Of Porto Boi Project

Where We Are

Our community is located on the Coast of Discovery, in the southern part of the state of Bahia in Brazil. It is the area where the Portuguese first discovered the South-American continent and hold strong symbolic signification in our shared history. We are situated near one of the oldest fishermen village of Brazil: Caraíva. Six kilometers down the river from the town, you'll find Porto Do Boi, our land. A place nestled in a rich and diverse tropical rainforest in proximity with the wilderness of the river. Surrounded by nature and culture, Porto Do Boi is immersed historically and geographically in the values and legacy it represents.

''The name Pataxó comes from the sound of waves hitting rocks and going back to the sea.”

Kanátyo Pataxó, Txopai e Itôhâ, 1997