Sem dança não tem força nenhuma: Creating indigenous spaces in São Paulo urban area

Sofia Venturoli


The article presents the political and cultural milestones of the history of the Pankararé indigenous association in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The article deploys through the words of one of the leading persons involved in the set up of the Pankararé urban association, its leader Alaide Xavier Pereira Feitosa. The story of Alaide spans between the Sao Paulo urban area and the original Pankararé land in the state of Bahia, representing the journey of building indigenous space and claiming differentiated citizenship by defining their legitimacy through memory and ritual paths.

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