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Times of war at the low Tapajos river

Grant number: 17/24208-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2018
Effective date (End): February 28, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Renato Sztutman
Grantee:Fábio Ozias Zuker
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

In accompanying the political activities around the Indigenous Council of the Tapajós and Arapiuns Rivers, I intend to understand the conceptions of time and war in the region's indigenous politics. Taking seriously the recurrence of talks around their own identities (we have always been native-indigenous people) and the current political moment in which they live (we are in war), I can raise an alter-vision of colonization: in opposition to the perspective that is offered by Western history, to which indigenous cultures become lost as time passes, due to having contact with Brazilian society, the memory of local indigenous peoples presents to us another possibility of understanding transformations as time goes by. I believe that, in focusing on this relationship between memory and war, from an indigenous point of view, we can open up other possibilities of critical comprehension of the relation between history, war, and politics from this side. (AU)

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