10398 - Ponte entre Povos: worldviews ¿on stage¿ in Brazilian Amazon

For five years, a small group of Palikur Amerindians participated in the transcultural musical project “Ponte entre Povos” (“Bridge between Peoples”). The project, coordinated by musician Marlui Miranda, included participation of five indigenous groups of the Amapá/North Pará region (Brazilian Amazon), erudite musicians, anthropologists and a considerable production team. It produced three music CDs, a multilingual book in Portuguese/French/Indigenous languages and a big opera-like show. What lead Palikur to participate in this project was, partially, a desire to remember “old times” music, which, after their conversion to evangelical Christianity in mid-1960s, were no longer played in everyday community life. Nonetheless, their participation in the project was also influenced by the payments they received as “artists”. The previously unheard of conception of “Ponte entre Povos” and the wide variety of its participants led to different conceptual and material understandings of the project for those involved in it: Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous, as well as Anthropologists. The project had to deal with different notions of temporality, spatiality, corporality, music, ritual, show, value, and so on. This way, even though everyone involved in the project had a common aim, the reasons that brought them together were quite diverse. This paper has two main aims. Firstly, it reflects on the motivations, justifications and consequences (not without implications) of Palikur’s participation in the project. Secondly, it explores the different interpretations of the project, focusing on how its enactment, by bringing together actors with different trajectories and experiences, evidenced such diverse worldviews.  

Keywords: Palikur Amerindians, music, show, money, social change.

Author: Capiberibe, Artionka (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil / Brasilien)


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