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The Apinaye teaching and learning process as observed in the manufacturing of their musial instruments

This dissertation aims to establish a dialogue between ethnomusicology (more specifically indigenous organology), the anthropology of art and the culture of the Apinaye peoples, in order to understand how the musical objects of these peoples are learned and taught, and thus to understand its musical system.

Walace Rodrigues
24 March 2015
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The methodological support is a practice of ethnographic and bibliographical nature, establishing the possibility of understanding the processes of transmission of Apinaye traditional knowledge and practices as a web that weaves their social, supernatural, mythological and cultural traditions. The Apinaye musical instruments are presented as markedly cultural objects, feeding on their elders' ancestral knowledge and practices to continue alive. However, the author also understands the Apinaye musical objects as representatives of a way of being and living in society that is unique to this group.

Thus, The Apinaye musical instruments are interpreted through their cultural practices, social use, supernatural importance and the worries linked to their perpetuation. The manufacturing of these musical objects involves a unique cultural ancestry and allows this specific group to express themselves in a particular way of being in the world through their own musical system.


  • Prof. Dr. W.F.H. Adelaar
  • Prof. Dr. L.C. da S. Barros (Universidade Federal do Para - UFPA, Brazil)
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