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Anth 418 Ethnographic Field Methods Brazil

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Belem, Ourilandia do Norte, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Course # SA 10317 or
SA 59000
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 07/01/20 to 07/27/20

Program Leader

Name Laura Zanotti

Program Description




 Applications are now open!  Due no later than February 1, 2020

Indigenous Peoples, Film, Conservation and Development


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 Amazonian futures.


This 6-credit, 3 week course invites you to partner with Mebêngôkre-Kayapó communities as you learn about Indigenous Peoples, Film, and Conservation in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. In a unique partnership between universities from the United States and Brazil and the Kayapó non-governmental organization the Protected Forest Association (AFP), you learn ethnographic field methods and draw upon films studies to co-create short films and provide workshops on technical skills. By living and working alongside the Kayapó in their own communities, 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 economic development. 


Program Dates

  • October 2019 - January 2020 Applications Open!
  • February 5 2020 APPLICATIONS DUE
  • February 2020 - Welcome and details on course Visa, Itineraries, and Flights Provided
  • March 5, 2020 - $500 Deposit due
  • May 2020 - Two day pre-trip orientation  
  • July 3-27 - Brazil Abroad Belém, Marabá, Tucumã, and Rio de Janeiro


Program Description

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

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


How to Apply

For Purdue students (1) Enroll and Apply in the Study Abroad Portal and (2) Fill out the online application and request for a personal statement:

For Non-Purdue students (1) Fill out the online application and request for a personal statement: and (2) work with Dr. Zanotti to gain access to the Purdue online application portal.


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Academic Credit

This is a 3-week 6 credit course where students earn credits in Anth and interdisciplinary film and media studies.


  • 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

Estimated Program Cost is US $3,900.00. Check out this website for more information:

Application Deadline

Applications are open! Due February 1, 2020

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