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Monkey forest: a study of indigenous forms of action and thinking about primates and the forest in times of environmental crisis

Grant number: 18/07793-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): January 20, 2019
Effective date (End): September 19, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Uirá Felippe Garcia
Grantee:Uirá Felippe Garcia
Host: Marisol de la Cadena
Home Institution: Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus Guarulhos. Guarulhos , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of California, Davis (UC Davis), United States  

Abstract

Based on ethnographic research, this project explores conceptual and comparatively recent issues on Indigenous Ethnology and the Multispecies Studies, in order to discuss animal knowledge practices in Amazonian socialities. The project focus on different forms of "hunting", "breeding" and "handling" the animals. Conceptually, the project fits into the more general debate of the criticisms raised by an anthropology interested in life / nature that the contemporary humanities and nonhumanities (and natures) think of as "interspecies entanglements," as Tsing (2015) points out. From a set of works that have been linked to "multispecies studies", I intend to reexamine - through my own ethnography as well as other research on ethnology - a central discussion in Amazonian sociality, which is the debate between hunting and breeding. Ethnographically, the project focuses on the forms of action and understanding of Guajá (indigenous peoples of the eastern Amazon) related to various species of primates - especially the howler monkeys (Alouatta belzebul) - in the face of the acute process of destruction of their territories.

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