• This year we have designed a medal inspired by an Amazonian Legend, the Muiraquitã, pronounced (muy-rah-kee-tan)

    The Muiraquitã, a carved green frog-shaped stone, was used as an amulet by the Tapajós Indians to prevent disease and avoid infertility. Their popularity spread around the Lower Amazon Basin and through to the Caribbean, where Muiraquitãs from the Amazon state in Brazil were found.

    The legend says that the amulet was offered as a gift by the Icamiaba female warriors to all those Indians who annually visited their camp at the river Nhamundá.

    At midnight, they dived into the river and brought up a greenish clay in their hands, which they molded into various forms: frogs, turtles or other animals, and presented these to their loved ones.

    Some versions say that this ritual would take place in an enchanted lake named Jaci uaruá ("mirror moon" in Old Tupi: îasy arugûá).

    Retrieved from the bottom of the river and shaped by the women, the still soft clay hardened in contact with the elements. These objects were then strung on the strands of hair of their brides and used as amulets by their male warriors.

    To date, this amulet is considered a sacred object, believed to bring happiness and luck and also to cure almost all diseases.