In September, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) will launch the third cycle of Amazoniar, a project that aims to promote a global dialogue on the Amazon forest and its influence on relations between Brazil and the world. There will be four webinars between September and October this year, under the theme ‘Culture and art of the Amazon indigenous peoples as a form of resistance’.
“The indigenous peoples of the Amazon hold an extensive knowledge about the region and use art and culture to transmit powerful messages of inclusion and resistance, through creative expressions that reflect their identities. There are multiple languages with the power to communicate and transform, which play a fundamental role in raising awareness about countless emergencies in the Amazon and its population”, said Lucas Ramos, coordinator of Amazoniar.
“Several scientific studies show that indigenous territories already demarcated or awaiting demarcation in the Amazon were the ones that preserved the original characteristics of forests and native vegetation the most. Such preservation results, to a large extent, from the way of life and culture of indigenous peoples. That is why it is so important to preserve this cultural wealth and the right of these Brazilians to their land”, explained Paulo Moutinho, senior researcher at IPAM. Moutinho will moderate the Amazoniar virtual meetings. “The whole world has a lot to learn from the indigenous culture. There are centuries of accumulated traditional knowledge that could be fundamental for our survival. The connection between the Amazon and the world is what we want to promote through Amazoniar.”
All meetings will be live streamed via Zoom, and IPAM will provide interpretation into English.
Sep 9th at 4 pm (Brasília) – Breaking stereotypes about Amazon’s indigenous peoples
Sep 23rd at 10 am (Brasília) – Listen to this story: The wealth of indigenous literature and legends
Oct 7th at 10 am (Brasília) – Indigenous voices: Traditional and current songs and how they mix
Oct 21st at 10 am (Brasília) – Indigenous perspective: Traditional peoples through the lens of photography and audiovisual
What will we explore in the meetings of the third cycle of Amazoniar?
Breaking stereotypes about Amazon’s indigenous peoples
In the debate that opens the new cycle of Amazoniar, IPAM invites the audience for a conversation with Alana Manchineri, coordinator of young communicators at COIAB, and Denilson Baniwa, artist and educator. They will share their personal experiences to start the discussion about how indigenous communities use artistic expressions to debunk myths and combat stereotypes.
Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Time: 2 pm (Lima) / 3 pm (New York) / 4 pm (Brasilia) / 9 pm (Central Europe)
Listen to this story: The wealth of indigenous literature and legends
The second meeting proposes a reflection on the values of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon and how they see the world through legends and literature produced in the region. The event will feature Daniel Munduruku, writer and educator, who has more than 50 books published in Brazil and abroad and is one of the most important names in the indigenous literature of the country.
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 8 am (Lima) / 9 am (New York) / 10 am (Brasília) / 3 pm (Central Europe)
Indigenous voices: Traditional and current songs and how they mix
In the third meeting, Amazoniar will address the traditional songs of Amazonian indigenous peoples and their junction with popular urban rhythms, such as rock and rap, as a way of raising awareness of the indigenous struggle. Cíntia Guajajara, professor, master in linguistics and vice-coordinator of the Articulation of Indigenous Women of Maranhão (AMIMA), as well as the musician Matsipaya Txucarramão, will lead the discussions.
Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 8 am (Lima) / 9 am (New York) / 10 am (Brasilia) / 3 pm (Central Europe)
Indigenous perspective: Traditional peoples through the lens of photography and audiovisual
In the last meeting of the cycle, Amazoniar will promote a discussion on the photographic and audiovisual production of artists from indigenous communities. Erisvan Guajajara, communicator and founder of Mídia India, will share his perspectives on cultural productions of the region.
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hours: 8 am (Lima) / 9 am (New York) / 10 am (Brasilia) / 3 pm (Central Europe)