”It tells all of our history!” the boi-bumbá festival of manaus
This article examines the discourse on modernity and nostalgia in Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, with a focus on the boi-bumbá festival, a folkloric dramatic dance that tells the story of the death and resurrection of a rancher’s beloved bull. Although most of the population lives in urban areas and engages in wage labor, the region is still popularly imagined as a “place that time forgot”: a natural area largely free of modern human intervention. This paper discusses how the boi-bumbá of Amazonas rose to stratospheric popularity in the context of urbanization, industrialization, political change, and the “greening” of the region. I conclude by suggesting that the boi-bumbá’s rise is not unconnected to these larger demographic, socioeconomic, and political events and demonstrate how it has come to serve as a vehicle for collective memory and nostalgia.
Sociology and Anthropology
Brazil, Caboclo, Folklore, Manaus, Nostalgia, Urbanization
Watson, Marnie K. "“It Tells All Of Our History!”: The Boi-Bumbá Festival of Manaus." Journal of Anthropological Research 74, no. 1 (2018): 74-99.
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