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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130

Indigenous Museums, Ethnic Mobilizations and Cosmopolithics of Memory.


  • Dr. Alexandre GOMES

Primary authors


The union of terms defining the creation processes of museums of native peoples is something already globally widespread among scientific enviroments and participants to indigenous movements. Also called tribal museums and ethnic museums, we problematize here the concept of indigenous museum together with the analysis of data and processes lived during a long term field research based on a participant observation into the universe of museological questions experienced from indigenous populations in Brazil. This oral comunication wants to illustrate the results collected in the first anthropological PhD thesis produced in the country on indigenous museums. Its purpose is that of understanding the relationship between memory and ethnicity through the appropriation and translation of museums within indigenous peoples etnhic mobilizations and cosmological dynamics, starting from data and empirical situations colleced during an ethnography realized between 2006 and 2018, whose first experience was that of Museus dos Kanindé de Aratuba (State of Ceará, Northeast area). We try to formulate concepts suitable to anthropological study of indigenous museums, starting from the notions of ethnomuseography, indigenous museological action, appropriation and translation, used as analitycal toolkit in order to comprehend the processes of indigenization of museums and of resignification of terms such as “heritage” and “culture” during the construction of self-representations related to cosmopolithics of memories during indigenous museums processes.