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The Tekoha as a little child: an ethnography of kaiowá encampments in Dourados (MS)

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Elis Fernanda Corrado
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Master's Dissertation
Press: Campinas, SP.
Institution: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas
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Examining board members:
Nashieli Rangel Loera; Antonádia Monteiro Borges; Antonio Roberto Guerreiro Júnior
Advisor: Nashieli Rangel Loera; Aline Castilho Crespe

Since the 1990s, the land occupations and the establishment of encampments, known as "black canvas", have become one of the ways to claim land expropriation and redistribution to the Brazilian state. Over the last 30 years, this form of claim has been associated to landless rural workers. However, the indigenous Kaiowá, in the region of Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul state, have also been using this language of demanding to claim land they consider to be Tekoha, that is, their traditional life territory or spaces. The aim of this dissertation is to analyse the features of such symbolic language among the Kaiowá and, from an ethnography of two Kaiowás encampments, u Porr e u Verr, located in the city of Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul state, to comprehend the different meanings that the Kaioww ascribe to the claimed lands. From such perspective, two topics become essential: the meanings of land to the Kaioww and Guarani and their ways of mobility, crucial for the preservation and reproduction of new encampments (AU)