The project “The Brazis and their Memories” [“Os Brasis e suas memórias: Os indígenas na formação nacional”] aims to produce and disseminate new data and interpretations about a very little studied and well-known aspect in the history of the country: the continued and persistent presence of the native population not only in the colonial period and in the nineteenth century, but in Republican and current Brazil.
With the initiative of gathering these multiple and repressed histories, reconstituted by indigenous and non-indigenous researchers, we would like to contribute to making possible another narrative about Brazil and to remove the common places and stereotypes attributed to indigenous populations. For this purpose that we encourage everyone to contribute to the construction of another memory, fuelled by the decolonisation movement and connected with contemporary indigenous political projects.
We chose in this project to approach history through the construction of indigenous biographies. In writing stories of a life, we spread stories of other lives to which it is intertwined, we tell the story of a people, of a place. From fragment to fragment, the links between biographies and events are made explicit, and a different history of the Indians and the country itself can spring forth. A narrative that criticises prejudices and intolerance, diffuses the values, traditions and strategies of indigenous peoples, and helps to create bridges for a new Brazil.
Coordinator: Prof. João Pacheco de Oliveira (UFRJ/Museu Nacional/PPGAS)
Leading institution: Museu Nacional/UFRJ
Sponsoring agency: CAPES
The project includes a network with 23 graduate programmes in anthropology and history.