Antipoda. Revista de Antropología y Arqueología
Print version ISSN 1900-5407
KENNY, Mary Lorena. MAKING HERITAGE IN BRAZILIAN QUILOMBOS. Antipod. Rev. Antropol. Arqueol. [online]. 2011, n.12, pp. 91-111. ISSN 1900-5407.
The Brazilian Palmares Cultural Foundation has recognized 1,624 communities as remanescentes de quilombos, or remnants, of traditional Black settlements. Since 1988, the constitution has guaranteed these groups collective land titles, generating heated debate and conflict concerning authenticity, assimilation, and land rights. Heritage has become an important vehicle for legitimizing identity and securing territory rights. I examine quilombola heritage in the sertão, an area not popularly acknowledged as having a history of slavery or Afro Brazilian cultural traditions.
Keywords : Brazil; Heritage; Quilombos; Memory; Sertão.