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Between houses and lakes: ethnography of the production of water-lily salt among the aweti people (Tupi) of the Upper Xingu river (MT, Brazil)

Grant number: 20/04333-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2020
Effective date (End): May 31, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology - Indigenous Ethnology
Principal researcher:Marina Vanzolini Figueiredo
Grantee:Yuri Werner Biguetti Winkler
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


This research project has as its main goal to discuss the notions of kinship and ownership among the Aweti people, tupi-speakers who inhabit the Upper Xingu River region. Through an ethnographic approach of the production of native water-lily salt, we aim to: 1. Investigate the relations between humans and plants with an interest in rethink dichotomies such as wild/domesticated and not planted/planted. 2. To understand what roles notions like affinity and consanguinity play in the relations between humans, and between the latter and non-humans. 3. To look carefully at a type of relation that is recurrent in the region, known as ownership, which is connected to broader issues involving the tensions between symmetry and asymmetry in the lowland south american ethnology. Therefore, we intend to amplify not only our knowledge about the Aweti people, but to take part in the current discussions about human-plant relations in the various amazon socio-cosmologies. (AU)

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