Potyguara indigenous health: for other political and aesthetic configurations in Collective Health

MARIA LIDIANY TRIBUTINO SOUSA ANDREA CAPRARA About the authors

Abstract

The concept of indigenous health in the academic literature, from its understanding as an absence of disease, well-being, and a human right, is impoverished by questions concerning life in indigenous villages. The publications in Ceará state, Brazil, are reduced, most of them mainly by researchers of Anthropology and History who work on issues of territorialization, ethnicity and spirituality. In 2008, a project on "Intercultural Health" in three stages, which continued from 2015 to 2017, started at a university in the state of Ceará, with the development of a doctoral thesis, with the aim of provoking a mapping of potyguara health ways in Monsenhor Tabosa, to displace the way we perceive health with art, politics and ethics in the area of Collective Health. The dances, songs, cries, secrets of the prayers, use of the technologies are productions that create cracks and destabilize the understandings that we have about health, politics and aesthetics. Indigenous political actions are open to innovations, and potyguara have made displacements in what has been reiterated and reified as indigenous health through academic literature, bringing new aesthetics that assume health as a production of life.

Keywords:
indigenous health; policy; aesthetics; ethic; cartography

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