Sr. Florentino plays Viola caipira for his wife Dona Firmina
Caipira Life, Buri, São Paulo. 1960
Caipira (from Old Tupi ka’apir, which means “bush cutter”) is a Brazilian term used to designate inhabitants of rural areas of Southeast Region of Brazil. The term caipira can also be applied to the different cultural manifestations of the caipiras, such as their music, dialects and accents.
The Caipira accent was strongly influenced by the old Ñe’engatú (Amazonian general language) spoken throughout Brazil until in the Late 19th Century. currently the Modern Ñe’engatú is Official language in São Gabriel da Cachoeira and widely spoken by many Brazilian indigenous, mestizos and some regions of Colombia and Venezuela.
The diminutive form derived from the caipira noun, caipirinha, is known as a cocktail worldwide.