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Research project

Compartilhando Coleções e Conectando Histórias

Sharing Collections and Connecting Histories

Duration
2013  -   2014
Contact
Mariana De Campos Francozo
Funding
Ibermuseus Conversaciones Ibermuseus Conversaciones
Partners

National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden

Museu Paraense Emilio Goledi, Brazil

Research question

The aim of this project was to study the collections of Ka’apor material culture presently kept at the MPEG and NME together with representatives of the Ka’apor indigenous people, living in the T.I. Alto Turiaçú, Maranhão, Brazil.

Relations with other projects

As a spin-off from this project, a two-day workshop on Tropical Lowlands Heritage in European Museums was organized at the NIAS- Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar, in October 2013.

The program of the workshop can be found here

Project description

This collaborative research and exhibition project focuses on the material heritage of the Ka’apor indigenous people presently kept at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (NME) and at the Museu Goeldi, Brazil (MPEG).

This project brought together representatives of the Ka’apor indigenous people, living in the T.I. Alto Rio Turiaçú, Maranhão, Brazil, curators and researchers from the  National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden (NME) and from the Museu Goeldi, Brazil (MPEG).

The first phase of the project consisted of two workshops organized in Belém and Leiden, where the project members studied the collections of Ka’apor material culture form these museums. The collection at the Museum Goeldi contains hundreds of objects collected by different anthropologists, government employees and others from 1900 until the present. The collection at NME, Leiden, includes a little more than 200 objects collected by Borys Malkin in the early 1960s.

The second phase of the project was the development of the exhibition, including its main topic ( A Festa do Caium), the storyline, selection of objects, design of the exhibition, writing exhibition panels and labels, selecting audiovisual materials. All aspects of the exhibition were discussed, decided upon and developed together by the three project partners.

This project resulted in an exhibition about the Ka’apor caium ritual. The exhibition, called A Festa do Cauim do Povo Ka’apor, was held at Museu Goeldi in Brazil from October 2014 to September 2015.

Workshop at the National Museum of Ethnology. Studying the Ka'apor collections.

 

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