The main venue for the meeting was Teatro Maria Sylvia Nunes, a modern, theater-style auditorium located in the Estação das Docas, a commercial center in a renovated shipping warehouse, with a panoramic view of Belém’s historic waterfront adjacent to the famous “Ver-o-Peso” market. Parallel panels of academic papers were held here and at the auditorium of the Goeldi Museum.
The meetings opened with a reception at the Goeldi Museum’s downtown location and zoobotanical garden. A caged jaguar paced in the background as the Museum’s director and conference sponsors welcomed SALSA and inaugurated am exhibit celebrating the Goeldi’s contributions to the social sciences, accompanied by an exposition of photographs of the Yanomami, by Claudia Andujar.
In addition to a full schedule of academic papers and panels, the meetings included plenary sessions, evening round table discussions, a poster session, and book fair. A group of Kayapo men, women, and children traveled from their community to the conference, to present a dance performance Saturday afternoon. A catered dinner with keynote address by Davi Kopenawa Yanomami was followed by music and dancing to the group Mundo Mambo.