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Field Guide to Brazil (1960)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendices." National Research Council. 1960. Field Guide to Brazil. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18401.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendices." National Research Council. 1960. Field Guide to Brazil. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18401.
Page 52

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APPENDIX A NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PRINCIPAL BRAZILIAN ORGANIZATIONS 1. CAPES (Campanha Nacional de Aperfeic.oamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior) Avenida Marechal Camara Z10, 8° andar, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Anisio S. Teixeira. 2. Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Educacionais Rua Voluntarios da Patria 107, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Anisio S. Teixeira 3. Museu Nacional Quinta da Boa Vista, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Luis Castro Faria 4. Servi9o de Protecao aos Indios Avenida Graca Aranha 81, 4° andar, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Orlando Villas Boas , Diretor-Geral 5. Funda9ao Getulio Vargas Praia de Botafogo 186, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Jose Garrido Torres 6. Associa9ao Brasileira de Antropologia Rua da Matriz 92, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Manuel Diegues Junior 7. Centro Latino-Americano de Pesquisas em Ciencias Sociais (UNESCO) Avenida Pasteur 431, Praia Vermalha, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Manuel Diegues Junior 8. Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) Avenida Franklin Roosevelt 166, Rio de Janeiro, Est. da Guanabara Dr. Hildebrando Martins 53

Little or no archaeology has been undertaken in Brazil, with one or two notable exceptions. Yet in spite of the apparent flatness of the indigenous past, much remains to be done. Recent studies by Murphy among the Mundurucu have shown that new approaches can be worked out in the ethnographic field, which still presents many facets for study. In fact there is still much work to be done in the study of Indians in Brazil. There is a number of tribes along the Guiana frontiers and the Xingii region which have never been studied. Furthermore a number of tribes such as the Bordro and Caraja need further study. This may be the last decade in which it will be possible to do studies with groups anywhere near aboriginal conditions. The best recent guides to the possibilities in this field are in an article by R. Heine-Geldern and another by Darcy Ribeiro in UNESCO International Social Science Bul- letin, Vol. IX, no. 3, 1957. ~~ —-—— While anthropology has much to offer, so have political science, government and economics which go beyond the standard introductory level to deal with unknown problems of rapid development, and modern history which seeks out the dynamics of the past rather than just dates. There are two specific sources dealing with research possibilities in Brazil. One is by Donald Pier son and Mario Wagner Viera da Cunha, "Research and Research Possibilities in Brazil," Acta Americana, 1947. The other is by Gilberto Freyre, Problemas Brasileiras de Antropologia, Rio de Janeiro, Jose" Olympic, ed. , 1959. Brazil is an exceptional laboratory for the social sciences. As a nation it has faith in the use of these disciplines, and Brazilians as in- dividuals make research easy for the visitor, displaying a rare wil- lingness to guide him through the intricacies of their culture. 52

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This guide to field research in Brazil is one of a series being issued under the auspices of the Committee on International Anthropology, which was established in 1957 by the Division of Anthropology and Psychology of the National Academy of Sciences — National Research Council. The proposal that such field guides be prepared came from a conference of anthropologists held at Columbia University in December, 1956. The Committee has treated the project as an experimental one, recognizing that the audiences to be addressed are rather diverse, e.g., the research worker with a project and area in hand, graduate training seminars, the social scientist wanting to make professional contacts, and that the materials would have to be stated mostly in general terms.

The purpose of Field Guide to Brazil is to provide information which the research worker, entering an area for the first time, should have in order to plan his trip get clearances from governments, deal with interested scientific institutions and scholars, comport himself properly in relations with local leaders, and establish generally a favorable working status for himself prior to the point where he applies his professional techniques to the problem in hand.

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