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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130

Problems and Perspectives on Amazonian Shamanic Objects in Ethnographic Museums in Europe and in the USA


  • Dr. Renato ATHIAS

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There are many ethnographic objects of the upper Rio Negro indigenous peoples exhibited in museums of this indigenous territory of the Uaupés basin. For this presentation I seek to explore issues that are at the interface of museology and ethnology to discribe and analyze the trajectories and displacements of objects that have shamanistic characteristics and that were part of significant mythological narratives among the Rio Negro Indigenous groups. The questions will be highlighted after analyzing a set of selected objects for the debate on ethnographic objects and shamanism in the upper Rio Negro today. This work of documentation on these objects is being carried out in a collaborative way with the local people and is subsidizing discussions and important texts of the indigenous students of the intercultural licenciatura in this region. It is intended with this documentation to organize a virtual exhibition with these objects and thus to provoke a virtual restitution of the indigenous objects in museums that are outside this immense region.