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Territory and memory of Asurini do Xingu. Collaborative archaeology at T.i. Kuatinemu-Para, Brazil

Grant number: 12/51312-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: December 01, 2012 - November 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology
Principal Investigator:Fabíola Andréa Silva
Grantee:Fabíola Andréa Silva
Host Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The research project aims to conduct a study on the history of occupation of the territory that comprises TI Kuatinemu by the Asurini Xingu people. With the Asurini collaboration we intend to find the ancient villages that were occupied by them in the TI Kuatinemu - particularly along the Igarapé Piranhaquara and Itaaka Village area - and at the same time, identify the archaeological potential of this area. I want understand the relationship between territoriality, material culture, memory and identity for the Asurini do Xingu Asurini and understand how different historical conjunctures and the different processes of interaction of the Asurini with the surrounding society, since the contact, influence in defining its particular cultural-historical trajectory and current situation. From this experience I also intend to develop a reflection on the strengths, difficulties and diversity of indigenous archaeologies and collaborative archaeologies in Brazil. (AU)

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