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The coins of Indians: a case study about the meanings of archaeological heritage to the local communities of Vila de Joanes, Marajo Island, Brazil

Article

English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

ID: <oai:doaj.org/article:5dcec141b6384730bf0d165c6fe363ff>

Abstract

The paper address the preliminary results of the Public Archaeology project that is being conducted by the author at Joanes, a small fishermen village in Marajo Island, state of Pará, Brazil, considering the ruins of an historic site assigned to a religious mission from the late XVIIth Century. The reflections about the local communities' perceptions of the site highlight the underlying logic of collecting artifacts – a local common practice – and the subsequent organization of small 'domestic collections'. I argue that collecting in these contexts should not be regarded as looting or destruction, but as a singular form of heritage and past appropriation. I believe this discussion will contribute to the understanding of the relationship between small scale communities and the archaeological heritage in Brazilian Amazon.

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