Marcelo Moura Silva

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro

Grant number

Gr. 10232

Approve Date

October 7, 2021

Project Title

Moura Silva, Marcelo (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro) "Translating politics: the agency and efficacy of words among the Yanomami"

Indigenous societies have advanced across the political terrain of States in an increasingly decisive way, impressing their practices in the quest for self-determination and the struggle to secure their rights. This research examines the political relationship between the Yanomami and the Brazilian State. Through ethnographic description, I investigate the tools used by indigenous people as part of a continual translation of practices and concepts within this context. My aim is to observe the transition between these two patterns of political activity ‘ that of States and that of Stateless societies ‘ setting out from an analysis of the indigenous political environment and tracing its transformations in the direction of politics with the State. Focusing mainly on Yanomami discursive practices, I seek to comprehend how they develop agency in this performative space and how they condition their words to speak effectively among whites and their institutions.