Manuela Carneiro da Cunha

Anthropologist | Brazilian Academy of Sciences | The University of Chicago

Manuela Carneiro da Cunha is an anthropologist with a PhD in Social Sciences by the University of Campinas (1976) and an undergraduate’s deegre in Mathematics by the Faculté des Sciences de Paris (1967). She worked as a professor at University of Campinas and at University of São Paulo before retiring. From 1986 to 1988, she was the president of the Brazilian Anthropological Association. Her work involves ethnology, history, the rights of indigenous peoples, the slavery of black people, ethnicity, traditional knowledge and the anthropological theory. Among her publications there are the books “Cultura com Aspas”, “Negros, Estrangeiros” and “Os Mortos e os Outros”. Besides that, she organized famous works like “História dos Índios no Brasil” and “Enciclopédia da Floresta”.

The importance of indigenous peoples in preserving agrobiodiversity

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