An Episode from the Beginnings of Anthropology in the Amazon: Curt Nimuendajú and the Xipaya Indians - A research in adverse circumstances
(Universidade Federal de Pernambuco)
Paper short abstract:
Between 1915 and 1919, the German ethnologist Curt Nimuendajú (1883-1945) carried out field work among the Xipaya in quite adverse circumstances. This is an illuminating episode an anthropology without universities where texts written by self-educated researchers were still accepted.
Paper long abstract:
The German ethnologist Curt Unckel Nimuendajú (1883-1945), who had immigrated to Brazil in 1903, moved his permanent residence to Belém in 1913, where he established professional contacts with the Goeldi Museum. Between 1915 and 1919, he survived with precarious jobs, but also carried out field work among the Xipaya Indians in quite adverse circumstances. This is an illuminating episode about the beginnings of anthropology in the Amazon, which allows relativizing some stereotypes about the history of anthropology which are commonly reproduced in social sciences curricula. In addition, it allows shedding a light on an anthropology without universities where still prevailed the influences of German ethnology and where texts written by self-educated researchers were still accepted.Download the full paper
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