Social Life of Research and Life History of Casa da Cultura Kuikuro, Upper Xingu in the Brazilian Amazon


Friday, October 14, 2016, 10:00am to 12:00pm


Tozzer Anthropology Building 203

The Upper Xingu area of the Brazilian Amazon is known for its cultural diversity where traditional indigenous lifestyles persist even in the face of the encroachment of mechanized agriculture in the area. Archaeologist Michael Heckenberger, anthropologist and award-winning filmmaker Carlos Fausto, prominent leader Aufkaka Kuikuro, and award-winning Kuikuro filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro will talk about their joint research on the archaeology and collective memory of the Kuikuro people. They will present the plans for the new Kuikuro cultural center currently under construction and show the short film “The Smell of the Pequi Tree” as a demonstration of collaborative research between Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars.


10.00 AM.

Gary Urton and Eduardo Goes Neves



10.15 AM.

Michael Heckenberger

“Social Life of Research & Life History of Casa da Cultura Kuikuro. The Pre-Columbian Golden Age, Dark histories & Rebirth”


Afukaka Kuikuro

“Current Initiatives: Bio-Historical Diversity, Body Language and the “Go Project”

11.00 AM.

Carlos Fausto and Takumã Kuikuro

Projection of the Film “The Smell of the Pequi Fruit” (2007), by Takumã and Mariká Kuikuro

Best Short Award Terres En Vues/Land InSIGHTS Montreal First Peoples' Festival, 2007

Green Wave 21st Century European Environment Festival, Bulgarian International Ethnographic Film F

11.30 AM.