Fernanda Cristina Moreira

Grant Type

Engaged Research Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Rio de Janeiro, U.F.

Grant number

Gr. ERG-15

Approve Date

February 4, 2022

Project Title

Moreira, Fernanda (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) "Rebalancing the World: Munduruku Care for Territory and the Documentation of Living Landscapes along the Tapajós River, Brazil"

This project investigates and supports efforts by the Munduruku people to care for places and landscapes that maintain life and provide “balance to the world.” The advance of extractive capital, especially the construction of hydroelectric dams and the vertiginous increase in mining in Amazonia are threatening “places one should not disturb” (or “sacred places”) and forcing Munduruku to abandon villages. Taking its lead from Munduruku academics, leaders, and community associations, this project seeks to visit and document these places, work that has cosmological, intellectual, and political implications. According to the Munduruku, the Tapajós River – which defines their homeland in western Pará, Brazil – is constituted by a network of living places, from which a nexus of reciprocal duties emerges between humans, spirits, animals, plants, and the land itself. Through visiting and documenting these places, this project enacts Munduruku practices of place-making and care-giving, resulting in the co-production of knowledge that further supports Indigenous Amazonians’ efforts to rebalance a world thrown into chaos by megaprojects, extractivism, fires, and land-grabbing.