Accepted Paper:

Photography and Quilombola Identity in Brazil  

Author:

Suzana Ramos Coutinho (Mackenzie University)

Paper Short Abstract:

Based on the study of Quilombos in Brazil, we seek to discuss the importance - through the use of photography- to think about new methods and strategies for data collection and analysis to provide a more accurate contribution to the understanding of the group in question.

Paper long abstract:

Wherever slavery flourished, so did resistance. Though the list of forms of resistance is long, one was present in Brazil - the formation of runaway slave communities, known in Brazil as quilombos. More than a century after the abolition of slavery, Brazil still has small remnant "quilombos", free settlements created by fugitive African slaves in the 17th and 18th centuries. Their inhabitants claim to be "remnants of quilombos", or "quilombolas".

This paper aims to present the peculiarities of a quilombola group in northern Brazil that, among other reasons, call the attention because, contrary to the predominant religion among quilombolas groups, draw their religious identity from Protestant elements (linked to the Brazilian Presbyterian Church ) and not to elements of african/Brazilian religions .

This background help us to discuss the transition and negotiation of this popular religiosity versus Protestant to a particular model of religiosity , which accommodate different elements belonging to the Brazilian religious scene and that help to create a specific perception of quilombola identity. Based on this reality, we seek to discuss the importance - through the use of photography- to think about new methods and strategies for data collection and analysis to provide a more accurate contribution to the understanding of the group in question.

Panel P28
Photography as a research method