Alice Martins Villela Pinto

Grant Type

Fejos Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institutional Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Grant number

Gr. 10647

Approve Date

October 12, 2023

Project Title

Pinto, Alice (Independent Scholar) "The Retake"

In 2015, the Kariri-Xocó waited for spirituality to tell them which part of their memorial territory should be retaken. Pawanã, a shaman and Kariri-Xocó leader, was one of the people who planned the occupation of the 3 Amores Farm in 2015, made to pressure the Brazilian State to homologate their lands and put an end to the almost 20 years of waiting. The government elected in 2022 in Brazil has made important commitments to indigenous peoples and the climate agenda. The Transition Government’s announcement that the homologation of the Kariri-Xocó Indigenous Lands will be carried out within the first 100 days of the government has raised hopes of finally having their territory regularized. Between the daily life in the village, the resistance in the retaken lands, and meetings in Brasília, Pawanã sits and smokes his pipe. This film is the result of a post-doctoral research about the struggle for land and the Kariri-Xocó musicking and It is the outcome of almost 10 years of relationship with this indigenous ethnic group.