“The Polish language has joined the official languages of the municipality of Aurea in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, alongside Portuguese, the official language of the Federative Republic of Brazil”, wrote the association “Polish Community”. on its official website.
According to the association, this is an indisputable recognition of the contribution of Polish compatriots to the social and cultural development of Brazil, especially in places where there are a large number of descendants of Polish emigrants.
The project was initiated by Fabricio Vicroski (Wichrowski), a Polish activist representing the Polish ethnic group at the Sectoral College for Linguistic Diversity in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil (Colegiado Setorial da Diversidade Linguística do Rio Grande do Sul ).
The idea of promoting the Polish language in this way was supported by the BRASPOL organization, representing the Brazilian-Polish Community in Brazil, the “Polish Community” Association and the Polish Linguistic Institute.
The project is currently being expanded to encompass other Brazilian municipalities, where a significant proportion of residents are descendants of Polish emigrants.
The Polish language as intangible cultural heritage
According to the association “Polish Community”, the project is part of a larger initiative to recognize the Polish language as intangible cultural heritage of Brazil and, therefore, to include it in the national list of intangible cultural heritage.
This would translate, in addition to formal recognition, into a legal commitment by Brazil to preserve the Polish language as a living testimony to the social and cultural development of the country.