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Archaeology of colonialism and persistence: a comparative approach of native practices between São Paulo (Brazil) and New England (United States)

Grant number: 19/17868-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Archeology - Historical Archaeology
Principal researcher:Astolfo Gomes de Mello Araujo
Grantee:Marianne Sallum
Home Institution: Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia (MAE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/18664-9 - The human occupation of southeast South America through the Holocene: an interdisciplinary, multiescalar and diacronic approach, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):21/09619-0 - Archaeology of colonialism and persistence: a comparative approach of native practices between São Paulo (Brazil) and New England (United States), BE.EP.PD


Research on colonialism has deconstructed traditional colonial narratives about indigenous cultural loss, to show the emergence of practices and materialities in contexts under colonial policies. Anthropologists, archaeologists, and indigenous communities have collaborated to construct plurals and multivocal histories, centered on the persistence of cultural practices and Amerindian ontologies. From a postcolonial perspective we intend to investigate the relations between Europeans, indigenous people and their descendants and the interconnection with materiality, comparing two colonial contexts: 1) Tupiniquins and Portuguese in São Paulo (BRA) and the association between pottery and alterity in the appropriation of Portuguese technology; 2) Indigenous and English colonizer in New England (USA) and the persistence of identity in the face of material and economic change, especially among the Eastern Pequot Indigenous Reservation. It will also examine the theoretical-methodological perspectives developed in New England, where they are prominent researchers on colonialism and the persistence of practices. It intends to explore the concepts of agency, appropriation, transformation, fusion and cultural integration. Another objective is to point out new approaches to the historical trajectory of objects and their re-signification in museums and collections. The hypothesis is that, in both cases, European materiality and practices were appropriated and transformed by indigenous collectives, persisting to the present day. (AU)

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SALLUM, MARIANNE; NOELLI, FRANCISCO SILVA. ``A pleasurable job{''} ... Communities of women ceramicists and the long path of Paulistaware in Sao Paulo. JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL ARCHAEOLOGY, v. 61, . (19/17868-0, 19/18664-9)

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