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Indigenous people as users of the law: an ethnographic study on how the movement of indigenous literature understands and uses Law No. 11.645/08

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This paper shows how the contemporary indigenous movement clearly demonstrates the multiple network of relationships between indigenous peoples and the Brazilian society. The discussion will answer the question: How did indigenous actors use Law No. 11.645/08 to act as social agents outside their traditional fields? In order to do this, a methodological approach was used from an indigenous perspective derived from my experience as an observer and participant in the indigenous movement led by the Mekukradjá caravan, a project to disseminate indigenous literature in Brazil. This discussion enables us to see indigenous people not only as objects of the law, but also as subjects of their own right.

Indigenous protagonism; Indigenous literature; Law enforcement

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