This Project seeks to understand the circulation of the Nzinga Mbandi's memory and the differents representantions made of the warrior queen in Brazil and Angola since the 17th century untill today. After her death, the ethnic group Jinga was formed in Matamba's region, creating a new ethnic identity. Since the 1960's, Nzinga Mbandi is magnified as national heroine in Angola and the main leader of resistance against the colonialism. Nowadays, the Angola's goverment tries to elevate her as humanity's patrimony by UNESCO. In Brazil, her name is evocaded by many social movements in the construction of Black identity and her memory appears in many culturals manifestations with African roots, as Capoeira, Congado e Candomblé Angola. I wish understand the process of re-signification and mitification of the historical character Nzinga Mbandi, with special attention to the angolan and the afro-brasilian culture role in the preservation of memory of the african's figths in both sades of Atlantic Ocean.
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