Tupinizando (lit.'Tupinizing') is a Brazilian social media page dedicated to the promotion of the Old Tupi language, as well as related subjects. Created by student Mateus Oliveira, it had over 183,000 followers on Instagram as of March 2024, being also available on YouTube and TikTok.

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Created byMateus Oliveira
(February 2024)
Contents are inPortuguese

Updated: 31 March 2024

History edit

Tupinizando was created by then-philosophy student Mateus Oliveira,[a] from Nazaré Paulista, São Paulo, and of a family originating from the northeast of Brazil with indigenous ancestry.[2][3] According to Oliveira, the decision to start studying Old Tupi—a now dead language[1]—occurred in 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when he was completing high school.[2] The student considered studying languages such as Mandarin or Italian, but chose one of the more than two hundred native languages of Brazil as a way to affirm his ancestry.[2] The page was created on Instagram to share Oliveira's discoveries during the study of the language; he states that, since he began his studies, he has found out "Brazilians speak Tupi all day without knowing it".[1]

Tupi is to us, for the formation of the Brazilian people, what Latin is to European civilization, or Greek. So, I think Tupi is our classical indigenous language. It is the language that shaped our national identity in the early centuries, through the General Languages, which were much more spoken than Portuguese, at least two centuries ago in our history.[2]

— Mateus Oliveira

Oliveira notes that materials for studying Old Tupi are difficult to access, although this has been facilitated through the Internet, highlighting the work of the Brazilian philologist Eduardo de Almeida Navarro, author of the book Modern Method of Old Tupi [pt].[2]

Page and content edit

Through Tupinizando, Mateus Oliveira provides content related to the origins of words and grammar lessons, such as verb conjugation or the use of adjectives.[2] The page was created on Instagram,[1] being also available on YouTube and TikTok.[2] As of February 2024, Tupinizando had over 169,000 followers on Instagram, and as of February 2023 its most viewed video had been watched by over 250,000 people—in it, Oliveira informed the meanings of the names of five Brazilian states originating from Old Tupi.[1]

Notes edit

  1. ^ BBC uses the name Matheus da Silva.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Bastos, Jamille (9 February 2023). "De pipoca a jaguar: 'O brasileiro fala tupi o dia inteiro sem saber'" [From popcorn to jaguar: 'Brazilians speak Tupi all day without knowing it']. BBC News Brasil (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 20 February 2024. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Longo, Ivan (4 October 2023). "Tupinizando: jovem se dedica à preservação do Tupi Antigo e da identidade brasileira" [Tupinizando: young man dedicates himself to preserving Old Tupi and Brazilian identity]. Revista Fórum [pt] (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  3. ^ Luppo, Alessandra (3 February 2024). "Isabelle lança o resgate da língua Tupi e anima professores" [Isabelle launches the rescue of the Tupi language and inspires teachers]. Portal Único (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 24 February 2024.