Recognition of Culture

Cities and Regions

Odebrecht sponsors a collection of books featuring the characteristics of the cities and regions found in Brazil and abroad. Through these works, readers can discover more about the unique characteristics of places like Fernando de Noronha Island and Vale do São Francisco, as well as the wealth of cosmopolitan municipalities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. 

The publications also unveil the history and beauties of countries like the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Venezuela.

The following is the archive sponsored by the Group:

The Rondon Project: Planning, Opinions and Motivations

Projeto Rondon: Planejamento, Opiniões e Motivações is a publication by Luiz Henrique Moura Barreto. It addresses the reports on the programs undertaken in 10 municipalities of Baixo Sul da Bahia, one of the areas assisted by the 2007 Rondon Project. Sponsored by Odebrecht and launched in 2008, it also describes the planning, opinions and motivations of the local people.

The Sketch Book of Carlos Guilherme von Theremin

The Prussian Merchant Carlos Guilherme Von Theremin (1784-1852) lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro from 1820 to 1835, exercising major influence on the relations between Brazil and Europe. Watercolor artist during his free time, he recorded aspects of the capital of the Brazilian Empire in paintings that were later presented together in the album Saudades do Rio de Janeiro ("Nostalgia of Rio de Janeiro”), published in Berlin.

During his research on the book by Von Theremin, historian Gilberto Ferrez discovered a series of annotations and unique drawings. These included watercolor, China ink, feather pen and sepia drawings of major historical and iconographic interest.

All of this rich material is gathered in the “Sketch Book” de Carlos Guilherme Von Theremin, a bilingual publication (Portuguese / English) from 1982. The explanatory text is by Ferrez. The work also reproduces three of the original drawings found in Saudades do Rio de Janeiro.

The Valley of São Francisco

In 1867, English writer and adventurer Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890) decided to head out on a canoe trip along the São Francisco River, from Minas Gerais to Alagoas. After 122 years, journalist Murilo Carvalho and photographer Ronaldo Kotscho repeated the adventure to write the historic report that fills the pages of O Vale do São Francisco.

Launched in 1989 in a bilingual publication (Portuguese / English), the book documents the transformations that have taken place in the valley since Sir Burton’s journey. The text and images represent all of the wealth of the flora, fauna and daily lives of the region’s inhabitants.


During the expedition to recognize the recently-discovered American continent, Italian Explorer Américo Vespucio sailed down the coast of Macuro and reached the indigenous city of Coquivacoa. There, he found homes set tall upon stilts. Associating this landscape with a specific geography of his country, Vespucio called it “little Venecia,” or more specifically, “Venezuela.”

Through architecture and painting, Venezuelas shows all of the cultural wealth of this South American country that extends 912,045 square kilometers and has some 20 million inhabitants. With over 400 photos distributed throughout its 512 pages, the book also reveals the country’s natural treasures such as orchids, rare birds and the unique relief of the terrain.

Featuring the text of poet Luis Alberto Crespo and the editorial project of Ernesto Armitano, the work was launched at the eve of 2001 and 2002 in three separate editions (Portuguese, Spanish and English). Venezuelas reveals archeological and historic treasures that expose the syncretism of the indigenous and Spanish cultures in the region, expressed in multiple facets – and accordingly, justifying the plural suggested in the title.

Written in Stone” – Color, Form and Movement in the Rock Art of Bahia

Escrito na Pedra Cor, Forma e Movimento nos Grafismos Rupestres na Bahia offers the reader an overview of the until then unknown set of archeological sites distributed throughout the State of Bahia. The book was written by anthropologist Carlos Alberto Etchevarne. The researcher visited and analyzed 229 locales with paintings and engravings at a total of 100 sites distributed throughout 54 municipalities of the state.

The work is the result of the research project Homem e Natureza - Imagens da arte rupestre na Bahia ("Man and Nature – Images of Rock Art in Bahia”), which won the Clarival do Prado Valladares Award in 2006. In addition to the publication of the book, the Organization's sponsorship also allowed for the creation of a database for use by researchers at the Federal University of Bahia Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.