Taynã Tagliati Souza
© Taynã Tagliati Souza

Taynã Tagliati Souza

University of Bonn
Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Group Marking Power: Embodied Dependencies, Haptic Regimes and Body Modification2
Niebuhrstraße 5
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 62573


Embodied Dependencies among the Mebêngôkré-Kayapó

This research examines strong asymmetrical dependencies drawn from the current debates in Anthropology on native Amazonian epistemologies. It engages with the discussions of nurture and feeding (Brightman, Fausto, Grotti 2016), mastery (Costa 2017), agentive capacities of artefacts (Lagrou 2009) and subject-object relations. My focus is on Mebêngôkré-Kayapó people and their notions of personhood and social body. Since it is known that in native Amazonian perspectives the fabrication of people entails the fabrication of artefacts and bodies, I look at the production of things (ornaments, crops, ink for body painting) as the gravitational center of dependency relations. Therefore, I analyze each step involved in the productive activities of artefacts and bodies, starting with museum collections of Kayapó materiality and passing through actual modes of production. At the same time that this allows me to visualize (historical) social processes, it puts me in front of notions dear to the Kayapó, such as incorporation, familiarization, and innovation, besides raising questions about their relationship with the environment and the non-indigenous social surroundings.  

As the Kayapó are inserted in complex networks of political relationships, I will not overlook the dependency relations stablished with non-indigenous communities, as often is the case of Amazonian ethnology. I understand that a perspective aimed to be multi-scalar is able to better picture Kayapó relations than any approach concerned exclusively with their internal political dynamics.


  • 2020–2023                 Ph.D. in Anthropology of the Americas, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2018–2020                 M.A. in Anthropology of the Americas, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2012–2017                 B.A. in Social Sciences (focus on Anthropology), Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil 

Academic Position

  • 2020–present             Research Associate in Research Group Marking Power: Embodied Dependencies, Haptic Regimes and Body Modification, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2020                             PROMOS Scholarship, fieldwork in Trinidad, Bolivia
  • 2019–2020                 Research Assistant, Department for Anthropology of the Americas, University of Bonn, Germany
  • 2016–2017                 Erasmus+ Scholarship, University of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

Participation in Centers, Scientific Associations, Collaborative Projects

  • 2020–present            Organizational Committee of the journal "Notas de Antropología de las Américas (NAA)"
  • 2019                            Curation "500 Jahre Eroberung Amerikas", Intervention in the Permanent Exhibition of Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany
  • 2019                            Coordination of Curatorial Committee, Exhibition "1519–2019: Colonialism and Survival Strategies", University of Bonn, Germany



  • Globalização por Caminhões [Glogalization by Trucks]. RELACult - Latin American Journal of Studies in Culture and Society, v. 3, special edition, 2017. e-ISSN: 2525-7870
  • Die Macht des Stillstands, die Brasilien nicht kannte: Streik der LKW-Fahrer legte das Land lahm [The power of paralysation that Brazil did not know: The truck drivers' strike crippled the country.] Ila – Das Lateinamerika-Magazin 417. Juli/Aug, 2018.
  • With Jaimes Betancourt: Koriabo complex from the Maicuru River in the BASA Museum. In: C. Barreto, H. Lima, S. Rostain and C. Hoffman (eds), Koriabo: From the Caribbean Sea to the Amazon river. Leiden University, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Belém, 2020.
  • Colaboración y Descolonización en los Museos: Reflexiones a partir de tres experiencias indígenas amazónicas [Collaboration and Decolonization in Museums: Reflections from three Amazonian indigenous experiences]. NAA – Notas de Antropología de las Américas, v. 1 (forthcoming 2021).


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