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National Policy on territorial and environmental management of indigenous lands (PNGATI): conceptual translations and transformations in the Upper Rio Negro

Grant number: 16/03589-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2016
Effective date (End): June 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Grantee:Aline Fonseca Iubel
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


This project aims to produce a reflection on translations (words) / translations (movements)/ transformations (both) between indigenous people and state terms for "land" and "territory" through an ethnography to be held in the Upper Rio Negro, in the various activities that there have happened within the National Policy of Territorial and Environmental Management of Indigenous Lands (PNGATI). The ethnographic focus is on these activities precisely because in them we see the similarities and differences between the different conceptions of "land" and "territory", lived and thought by Indians, on the one hand, and state agents (and other non-indigenous, as researchers employees and the third sector), on the other hand. Thus, we intend to think exactly these relations between Indians and other agents from the issue of territoriality. This is mainly because this issue (which in both a state and an indigenous understanding) is "political" (but also "economic", "cultural", etc.), that upper Rio Negro Indians, especially through their leaders and the indigenous movement, are having to deal today. However, we start from the assumption that state and Indians do not necessarily speak the same thing when they use terms like "land" and "territory", for example. Thus, we intend to explore the subtleties of the conceptual differences that arise from the relations between State and Indians under the PNGATI, mainly because besides conceptual, this movement converges in very tangible implications relating to management practices and experiences of these and those "spaces" that can be called "land", "territory", "environment" or "nature", for example. (AU)

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