Accepted Paper:

Hupdah shamanic objects in the "Museu do Índio" in Manaus, Brazil  

Author:

Renato Athias (Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil))

Paper short abstract:

This presentation is related to the documentation of Hupdah objects from the Northwest Amazon that are displayed in the Museu do Indio in Manaus showing the museographic narratives of this Museum.

Paper long abstract:

This presentation is related to the documentation of Hupdah objects from the Northwest Amazon that are displayed in the Museu do Indio in Manaus showing the museographic narratives of this Museum. The Hupdah share with the Tukano Groups the same territory in the Upper Rio Negro region in the Brazilian side of the border with Colombia. These objects were collected by the Salesian Missionaries in the 1930s, from the different places of the Rio Uaupés. Now they are part of a permanent exhibition, however the museographic narrative does not take into account the specificities of Hupdah objects and they are ignored as an important people in the region. The objective of this paper is to discuss and analyse Hupdah and Tukano objects that are in this museum with an aim to understand the universe of Hupdah and their cosmology, mainly when these objects are dealing and related to a shamanic use.

Panel WIM-CHAT03
Ethnographic objects, Amerindians and museums