The schooling by shamanism plan: Reflections among the Guarani-Mbyá of Rio de Janeiro

Danielle Bastos Lopes


This paper is the result of anthropological research conducted among the Mbyá - Guarani, from the Southeast of Brazil and Northern Argentina. Based on the ethnographic method, the paper analyzes indigenous schooling through the shamanism plan and the different conceptions of body, knowledge, and notions of indigenous persons. This study discusses the conflicts between school and alterities, human and nonhuman, understanding that the notion of schooling crossed by cosmic entity and sensible logic deconstructs the normative and rational models of indigenous education that has populated America Latin America and Caribbean. This study finds that there is an invisible and cosmological world that subsumes the schooling processes. Invisible worlds are understood, in this context, as essential and indivisible conditions for the understanding of Guarani curriculum, organization, and alterity.


Indigenous Education; Guarani - Mbyá Populations; Cosmology


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