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Anth 418 Ethnographic Field Methods Brazil: Indigenous Rights, Film, Conservation, and Development

Program Details

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Belem, Maraba, Tucuma, Salvador, Arembepe, Brazil
Course # SA 10317 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 06/19/23 to 07/20/23

Program Leader

Name Laura Zanotti
Email lzanotti@purdue.edu
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Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description




 Applications are now open! 
Due no later than January 5, 2023

Indigenous Peoples, Film, Conservation and Development
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Join us this summer in Brazil for a once in a lifetime experience where you will learn from local communities what obstacles and opportunities lie ahead for sustainable futures.


This 6-credit, 4 week course invites you to partner with Mebêngôkre-Kayapó and Local Communities and  as you learn about Indigenous Peoples, Film, Sustainable Energy, and Conservation in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon and on the Brazilian coast. In a unique partnership between universities from the United States (Purdue and Middle Tennessee State University) and Brazil (Federal University of Pará) and Kayapó non-governmental organization, you experience partnering with communities to address sustainability challenges. By learning from and working alongside Kayapó instructors and Local leaders, you learn firsthand about the threats to their livelihoods and to the spaces they call home as they battle to maintain their livelihoods and innovate new pathways for sustainability. 


Program Dates

  • September 2022 - January 2023 Applications Open!
  • January 5 2023 - APPLICATIONS DUE
  • February 2023 - Welcome and details on course Visa, Itineraries, and Flights Provided
  • March 15, 2023 - $500 Deposit due
  • May 2023 - Two day pre-trip orientation  
  • June 19-July 20 - Brazil Abroad Belém, Marabá, Tucumã, Salvador, and Arembepe


Program Description

This unique, once in a lifetime field methods course provides students with an opportunity to work alongside Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in the Brazilian Amazon and coastal regions to:

  • Learn about the socio-ecological landscape of the Brazil, especially as it relates to Sustainable Energy, Film, and Conservation.
  • Train in collaborative and participatory community work, including film production, energy systems, ethnography, and conservation biology methods.
  • Understand the ethical issues and protocols associated with working with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.
  • Develop an awareness of different livelihoods, especially related to sustainability issues
  • Work with expert knowledge holders to better examine community-conservation projects.

How to Apply

For Purdue students: Enroll and Apply in the Study Abroad Portal https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/apply_online/studyabroadapplication.cfm?ProgramID=1141

For MTSU and other Non-Purdue students details are forthcoming.

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Academic Credit

This is a 4-week 6 credit course where students earn credits in Anth and interdisciplinary collaborative methods and sustainability studies. MTSU and EPICS students encouraged to apply.


  • Undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to apply. 

  • There are no prerequisites or language requirements for this course

  • Honors contract and other honors options available.

  • No prior experience traveling internationally required.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated Program Cost is US $3,900.00.

Application Deadline

Applications are open! Due January 5, 2023


Funding Your Abroad Experience

Purdue Moves Abroad Scholarship: https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/aid/details.cfm?ScholarID=137

Please see the resources below for additional opportunities. MTSU Students, please contact Dr. Richard Pace: eguagurupa@gmail.com 


Enroll and Apply in the Study Abroad Portal https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/apply_online/studyabroadapplication.cfm?ProgramID=1141


Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.