The Portuguese-language weekly newspaper Corrío da Venezuela has launched a traveling exhibition about memories of the first trips of Portuguese immigrants to Caracas, between the 1950s and 1970s, director Lusa said.
“We have a lot of immigration materials donated by people and we decided to tell the story of the first immigration voyages, to describe the boats. It is very important to show the youngest what their parents and grandparents went through,” said Alexo Vieira.
“As Primeiras Viagens” exhibits a miniature of the Santa Maria and more than a dozen photos of other ships flying the Italian, Spanish, Dutch, French and Portuguese flags that have transported thousands of Europeans to Venezuela.
It also displays information boards with travel stories, a Portuguese postman doll, postcards from CTT and dozens of bags and faces of Portuguese immigrants, and also tells the story of the Portuguese consulates in Venezuela.
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“Migration was a completely different process from today, with people traveling in the morning and arriving in another country in the evening or the next day. It was a journey that sometimes took two or three months,” explains Alexo Vieira.
The process, he said, involved “a lot of distress that families were going through because they wanted to know if they had arrived safely, where they had been” and “hence the importance of the worker, the person who brought this information to people.”
Bags were the essential travel companion. No one was left without a suitcase with a message [para alguém]A portrait of the family, mostly Catholic relics, including images of the Virgin and some saints, which mothers put in their bags, often hidden to protect their children.”
According to Alexo Vieira, “many bags arrived empty, but full of dreams, with a great desire for success and the ability to return with a bag full of money, which symbolizes wealth and progress,” but over time “family values, health were of paramount importance.”
The director of Correia de Venezuela thanked Consul General Licinio Binger do Amaral for his “full cooperation” and insisted that “talking is not enough, young people have a lot of news that accompanies them with technology, you should have little information think”.
His daughter, Teresa Vieira, co-created and edited the exhibition with the goal of “understanding” and “feeling” what it was like before.
“My father was already taking the information, but I had to understand it, and one of the things to understand with your head and something else with your heart, to feel things as if they belonged to me. For months I wondered what Venezuela was like, where they were going, what the boats looked like,” Lusa said.
He said the postman touched him “in the depths of his heart, as people were desperately searching for each other, and that allowed them to connect.”
He noted that “many do not remember the captain of the boat who made the emigration possible, but there are many memories of the postman.”
“He should have loved the postman like my mother, because because of him my mother felt a hug or a kiss from me. I was very sensitive to the worker and the feelings that he aroused, and the great responsibility he had,” he said.
Teresa Vieira said she can still imagine the circumstances in which the migrants each brought bags and weights with them, some with souvenirs, others with clothes and football stamps in Madeira.
“The essence of the people in this show. It was not just one person who made history, there are many who have had such courage,” he stressed, stressing that it is important for Luso’s descendants to think and care, and to understand that “today with technology, with the push of a button, you can call, hear and see father and mother, but that It was not always the case.
“Immigration is not just about going to another country,” said the Portuguese descendant who previously immigrated to the United States and Spain.