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Native and National in BrazilIndigeneity after Independence$
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Tracy Devine Guzman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469602080

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469602103_Guzman

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Unraveling Indianist Hegemony and the Myth of the Brazilian Race

Unraveling Indianist Hegemony and the Myth of the Brazilian Race

(p.131) 4 Unraveling Indianist Hegemony and the Myth of the Brazilian Race
Native and National in Brazil

Tracy Devine Guzmán

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter finds that native Indians continue to occupy a dominant place in debates on Brazilianness along with the existing and proposed reform policies despite the native Indians being a miniscule part of the overall population of the country. The chapter reveals that ranging from government efforts aimed at protecting the native Indians in the early twentieth century to the conflicts between the indigenous communities and the proponents of modernization at the onset of the twenty-first century, the idea of indigeneity continues to be an important ingredient of the Brazilian political fabric and the overall social structure. Elite intellectuals and political leaders have also continued to highlight the prevailing condition of the indigenous people to fulfill their own selfish motives and establish a kind of modern imperialism in the country.

Keywords:   Brazilianness, native Indians, political fabric, indigenous communities, imperialsim

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