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Football league Mbya Guarani in Santa Catarina, Brazil: Territory, displacements and culture - Yvy Rupá, Oguatá ha Nhandereko

Grant number: 22/08108-4
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2023
Effective date (End): February 29, 2024
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:Neide Barrocá Faccio
Grantee:Gabriel Pereira
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil


This project proposes to understand and discuss football as a cultural and possibly ancestral Nhandereko (way of life) Guarani element, from its pre-colonial format known as Manga Ñembosarai (ball game with the feet), to the current matches and championships , such as the Liga Mbya Guarani from Santa Catarina, from the Indigenous Land Morro dos Cavalos/SC. In addition, we will seek to understand whether there is a relationship between displacements between villages to carry out matches, and the maintenance of the traditional Guarani oguatá (walk), establishing a network of relationships and cultural exchange directly related to their understanding of Yvy Rupá (territory). For this purpose, the following methodologies will be used: general bibliographical and documental survey of Jesuit reports, in addition to carrying out field work with participant observation and free and semi-structured interviews. It is important to emphasize that such research will be based on participatory and decolonial principles. With this, the aim is to register this possible ancestral relationship between Guaranis and football, being able to bring visibility to the existence, resistance and Guarani culture, in addition to expanding the horizons of Brazilian Geography and Human Sciences.

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