I think the Quilombo was a cultural experience for us, but exploitative at the same time. The Quilombo is not supposed to be a tourist attraction in my opinion. However, I’m glad that the healer, Doña Antonia, was open to talking about her life in the Quilombo, and I feel that it was a powerful learning experience for both parties.
Visiting the Quilombo amazing. I saw how much they loved their style of living and their close-knit social interactions. I loved going to the school and seeing that the children were learning to read and write. Though they rarely left their community, they worked hard to sustain themselves. Few opportunities had been given to them. They were living of the knowledge inherited from their ancestors.