In 2016 we learned that the collection of images produced by Siã Huni Kuĩ since the 1980s was stored in a suitcase in his native land in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. We also learned that Siã, disappointed with not getting better conditions for his collection, stopped on a bridge in the city of Rio Branco and almost threw the suitcase into the river. So we decided to find a way to preserve the collection and catalog its records. There are images and testimonies about his relations with Chico Mendes, Milton Nascimento, about ceremonies, and important people not only of the Huni Kuĩ people but of other indigenous populations of Brazil. The Siã Huni Kuĩ collection brings together more than twenty years of filming and militancy in the indigenous movement.
In sum, the project "Audiovisual Collection - Siã Huni Kuĩ" aims to recovery, organize and catalog the collection for dissemination and research. The audiovisual material was produced throughout the life of the filmmaker and indigenous leader José Odair Sales - Siã Huni Kuĩ, since the 1980s. Until now this collection of images has not yet been processed and was kept at Siã´s indigenous land, being vulnerable to humidity, fungi, etc. In this sense, the project has great relevance in contributing to the preservation of the memory and material and immaterial heritage, not only of Brazilian indigenous populations, as it has also a large number of audiovisual documents of the Siã´s friendship with the ecologist leader Chico Mendes.
I.1. Collection of images and obtain authorization from the author (already done);
I.2. Process the Collection: classify, index and restore parts of the collection;
II.1. Select images for the production of documentaries on the content of the collection;
II.2. Permanently and appropriately archive the collection in a public institution, in this case the UFSC;
II.3. Create an Internet page for dissemination of the collection.