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Anthropological experiments between scientific and Amerindian knowledge

Grant number: 14/13249-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): January 05, 2015
Effective date (End): August 04, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Rui Sérgio Sereni Murrieta
Grantee:Joana Cabral de Oliveira
Supervisor abroad: Laura M. Rival
Home Institution: Instituto de Biociências (IB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Oxford, England  
Associated to the scholarship:13/50754-1 - Anthropological experiments between scientific and Amerindian knowledge, BP.PD


The main objective of this project is to instigate a reflection about plant subject in Amerindian ontologies, having as it epicenter an ethnographic research among the Wajãpi of Amapari (tupi-guarani group). This background would the guide a comparison with other ethnographic cases of Lowland South America. The proposal comprises also a dialogue with the actual botanical knowledge in order to establish nuances between this and the Wajãpi knowledge. A secondary focus of this proposal will be on the training of Wajãpi health agents and the dialogue between these indigenous agents and the biologists and veterinarians that are developing a research on leishmaniose in Wajãpi area. Those contexts would be an extraordinary opportunity to establish a relational comparison between both procedures of knowledge and its acquisition. This will help us to understand how knowledge is created and utilized by both epistemologies. It will also give a background and a feedback to an anthropological experiment allowing a dialogic reflection between the Wajãpi and the modern botanical knowledge. (AU)

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