first part of the article resulting from my master's thesis, which deals with the musical representation of brazilian indians in villa-lobos's music. in this first part, i discuss melodic and harmonic aspects of what i call "indian style". what musical means the composer uses to evoke the figure of the indians on the memory and sensibility of his audience? is there a specific collection of recurring musical procedures to portray his ideas of savageness? i argue that villa-lobos has a particular way of composing when he deals with the indian/savage thematic on his work, a specific set of his oeuvre: his 'indian style".