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Forbes: Metaverse Platform Connects Users to Peoples Originally from Brazil

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Source: Forbes Brazil

Publication date: May 6, 2023



Startup octaEra brings innovative content about ancestral life, biology, history and geography and guarantees a true journey into the forest





octaEra is a startup that bets on the metaverse to inform users about the culture of the native peoples of Brazil and present, through immersive virtual reality itineraries, real places that are difficult to access. All profit raised with the platform's subscription system is reverted to the original people participating in the project with the aim of contributing to the protection of cultures and preservation of nature.


The platform is 360º and allows the connection with different biomes and villages of various original peoples, in addition to ancestral life, history, biology, geography and local languages. “octaEra was born as an opportunity for people from all over the world to discover hard-to-reach places. From traditional reserves in Mato Grosso to newly created indigenous villages in Acre, the visitor has a complete experience of the fauna, flora and music of the native peoples and the sounds of nature. Thus, the objective is to allow more people to interact with these landscapes and knowledge on their computer, cell phone or even through Virtual Reality (VR) glasses”, says the creator, Octavio Tristan Morato Leite.


The startup OctaEra was born with the development of another personal project by Octavio, Like Old Times (LOT), which organizes trips for tourists who want to visit less commercially explored destinations, developing sustainable tourism, living closely with nature and creating relationships with native communities in places like the interior of Africa or the Amazon.


Some indigenous leaders spoke out and said they were happy with the startup's initiative. According to Yawa Kumã, chief of the Shanekaya village, in Acre, the project brings together people who do not have access to this reality. “I am very happy because people who are unable to go to the village, and who may never have the opportunity, can see what our routine is like and the lives of people who live in the middle of the forest”, he comments.


According to Bruce Kuikuro, indigenous leader of the Kaluani village, in Xingu, octaEra strengthens indigenous culture. “Many young people are no longer interested in their ancestral culture, so the project paved the way for us to show this in a different way that draws attention. We used this within schools and the community found the idea interesting,” he says.


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