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Etnography and translation of Krahô's (Timbira) chants

Grant number: 15/00760-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2015
Effective date (End): July 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Ian Packer
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/26676-0 - Transforming amerindian regional systems: the Upper Xingu case, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):18/12662-1 - Etnography and translation of Krahô verbal arts, BE.EP.DR


This project proposes an investigation on the Amerindian verbal arts, taking as a research object and focus of reflection and analysis the chants and oral performances of the Krahôs'singers, Timbira people (Gê) that inhabits the north of the state of Tocantins. We will approach the Krahô's repertoire of songs in order to examine: 1) Which characteristics and problems found in Kraho's sociocosmology guide their ritual practice and the creation of figures and poetics arrangements found in their chants? 2) How do the distinct modalities of Kraho's verbal arts articulate between themselves? 3) Which conception of creation and authorship is implicit in each one of them? Our aim in this research is to contribute to the understanding of Timbira ritual practices, in particular, and to the ethnology of the Gê people, in general, as well as to the reflection on the theoretical and poetics criteria necessary for the study and translation of the Amerindian verbal arts. (AU)

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IAN PACKER. SOBRE A LENHA, LABAREDA SOU: POÉTICA DA MEMÓRIA EM UM CANTO RITUAL KRAHÔ. Cadernos de Tradução, v. 39, p. 227-247, . (13/26676-0, 15/00760-0)
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PACKER, Ian. Flames on the firewood: poetics of memory and forgetfulness in the krahô verbal arts (Timbira/Central Brazil). 2020. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Campinas, SP.

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