"Green Hells" and Dancing Bulls
Race and Identity in the Urban Amazon of Brazil
Dr. Marnie Watson
Dr. Watson’s research examines a traditional Brazilian folklore festival that is being reworked to express a modern, global identity for urban Amazonians. In her talk, she will discuss her ethnographic research in Manaus, Brazil. The boi-bumba, or "dancing bull" festival, has long been seen as a key site in which Brazilian ideas of tri-racial harmony encompassing those of European, African, and indigenous heritage can be understood. She explores how the version performed in the state of Amazonas adds a new element, as it valorizes rural, mixed-race Amazonians called Caboclos, a population that has long experienced racial, ethnic, and socio-economic marginalization. Since the 1990s, the Amazonas boi-bumba has become a positive emblem of a modern mixed-race identity, and there is a growing movement of urbanites to self-identify as Caboclo. Her research sheds light on this new, urban mixed-heritage identity that is uniquely Amazonian, self-consciously global, and being used to challenge the cultural and economic hegemony of the Brazilian southeast.
YSU Anthropology Colloquium's Professor Series with Dr. Marnie Watson
Thursday, March 24th, 6-7:30pm
1 University Plaza
Dr. Watson will be speaking in the Jones Room located in Kilcawley Center.
Doors open at 5:45pm and the talk begins at 6pm.
Our event is free to students and free and open to the public, but parking is $5 for those without a parking permit.