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Gender and knowledge among the Tukano of Rio Negro

Grant number: 16/24017-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2017
Effective date (End): February 15, 2021
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Geraldo Luciano Andrello
Grantee:Melissa Santana de Oliveira
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/20616-2 - Plants, artefacts and people: feminine creative modes among Eastern Tukano groups, Northwest Amazon, BE.EP.PD


This project aims to articulate the discussion between gender and knowledge among the Tukano of the upper rio Negro, through the analysis of the place of feminine knowledge in the Tukano regime of knowledge. It deals with, in this patrilinear society in which the knowledge considered of the highest value (nirõ kahse) is predominantly masculine and passed through patrilineal clan lines, to identify the value and potency of feminine knowledge and how they relate with masculine knowledge, seeking to outline mechanisms of differentiation, complementarity and hierarchy between genders and knowledge. (AU)

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