8509 - Colonial Indians: categories, names, and identities in Portuguese America

This paper discusses the presence and participation of native peoples in the articulation of a colonial society in Portuguese America. Contrary to the dominant narrative that focuses on the destruction of indigenous peoples under the strain of epidemic disease, intensified warfare and enslavement, this approach examines different ways in which indigenous peoples reassembled shattered social and cultural worlds, while at the same time incorporating new technologies, objects, political arrangements, and religions. Based on accumulated documentary research and on an appraisal of the current bibliography, the paper includes material on coastal Brazil and the Amazon from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

Keywords: Portuguese America; Ethnogenesis; Indigenous peoples

Author: Monteiro, John (UNICAMP, Brazil / Brasilien)


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