3-week Summer Field School
Brasil Abroad is a 6-credit, 3-week course inviting you to partner with Mebêngôkre-Kayapó communities as you learn about Indigenous Peoples, Film, and Conservation in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. In a unique partnership between universities from the United States and Brazil and the Kayapó non-governmental organization the Protected Forest Association (AFP), you learn ethnographic field methods and draw upon films studies to co-create short films and provide workshops on technical skills. By living and working alongside the Kayapó in their own communities, you learn firsthand about the threats to their livelihoods and to the spaces they call home as they battle to maintain their livelihoods and innovate new pathways for economic development.
This interdisciplinary program will take you to one of the largest intact rainforests in the world where you will immerse yourself in local community life. Join us! Highlights: No prerequisites or language or previous travel experience required! Major units covered include: community-based conservation, participatory storytelling methodology, indigenous livelihoods and well-being, + Amazonian foodways. Cities visited include: Belém, Maraba, Tucumã and Rio de Janeiro.
We meet with course partners at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) and the Goeldi Museum. We learn about the vast histories of the region, the social and natural histories embedded in its rivers, and the struggles of the peoples who still depend upon its waters. and we eat regional, local cuisine like vatapa and tacaca – delicacies found no where else in the world!
Purdue University, Middle Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, and the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) work with different Brazilian institutional partners and the non-governmental organization the Protected Forest Association (Associação Floresta Protegida, AFP) to offer this program. We travel together to reach the Kayapó homeland in heart of the central Brazilian Amazon — a space where forest environments, savannah landscapes, and freshwater spaces co-exist to support local livelihoods. In a unique partnership, one Kayapó community hosts our group and co-teach the course alongside non-Indigenous faculty.