“A queda do céu”: o pensar decolonial na obra de Kopenawa Yanomami (1990-2015)

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Universidade Federal de Goiás


This study exposes, through documentary research and critical analysis, the book A queda do céu: palavras de um xamã yanomami, by David Kopenawa and Bruce Albert. The main objective of this research was to understand how the process of writing the book is shaped by the appropriation of writing, perceived by Kopenawa as a tool of denunciation tool and understood by this study as an epistemic disobedience. This analysis was based on decolonial theoretical and methodological perspectives. In this sense, from the perspective of the Modernidade/Colonialidade group, we present this book as a manifesto of decolonization of indigenous knowledge and we seek to find a path that presents us with decolonial methodological alternatives. Thus, the methodology used here sought to develop, through the critical analysis of the book A queda do céu and the interviews used, a space of conversation with Kopenawa. In this sense, the course of analysis that led to this work was also thought from oral history. Kopenawa, who presents the power of his discourse, is situated and grounded in Yanomami shamanism through the subversive appropriation of writing. We thus portray how the process of epistemic disobedience carried out by Kopenawa gave rise to the book A queda do céu, thus reverberating in the decolonial manifesto of the Yanomami indigenous people.



SOUZA, Karla Alessandra Alves de. “A queda do céu”: o pensar decolonial na obra de Kopenawa Yanomami (1990-2015). 2019. 201 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em História) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2019.