Amazonia and Brazil; native peoples under colonial rule; autonomous native groups; mobility and migration; maps and historical geography; borderlands; ethnohistory
My current book project examines the shift toward peace agreements and greater social and commercial interaction between Portuguese colonial society and independent Indian nations in late-colonial Brazil. We know a good deal about why colonial authorities pursued these agreements in the context of imperial border disputes, but our understanding of indigenous motivations and political strategies remains limited. This project revolves around case studies of three indigenous nations from different regions of Brazil: the Guaicuru in the far west, the Mura in the north, and the Kayapó do Sul in the central region. Sources come from the regional archives of Cuiabá, Belém, and Goiânia, as well as from collections in Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon.