Living Things: fishermen, archaeologists and fish-traps in Amazon, Brazil.

Author(s): Marcia Bezerra

Year: 2016


This presentation deals with the use of ancient fish-traps by fishermen of Vila de Joanes, Ilha do Marajó, Amazon, concerning the status of these sites as a living thing and their role in the constitution of memorial narratives about fishing. Based on research conducted with a group of fishermen I suggest that: a) the contemporary use of the fish-traps is not an act of destruction, but a memorial engagement with the past; b) the continuous process of decay and reconstruction of the fish-traps by fishermen are part of the social life of these structures; c) there is a gap between the official discourse of conservation and the sensible relationships of these communities with the things of the past. Aiming at these reflections, I consider the discussions proposed by Smith (2011) and Holtorf (2005), in particular, the ideas that "heritage does not exist" and that "preservation destroys the living memories", respectively.

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Living Things: fishermen, archaeologists and fish-traps in Amazon, Brazil.. Marcia Bezerra. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405274)

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Geographic Keywords
South America

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min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;