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The project “Past and Present: Heritage and Memories of Black and Indigenous Africans in Minas Gerais” aims to promote the recognition and valorization of the historical and cultural heritage associated with the Black and Indigenous African population of Minas Gerais.
By stimulating heritage education and reflection on the memory and history of black and African indigenous peoples in the state, the project seeks to develop actions to preserve and improve this heritage by providing access to information on this subject for researchers, basic education teachers, students, knowledge holders and the general public, especially contributing to the strengthening of communities .
By examining the interactions of Afro-Indigenous people as a core component of Negroes in the state of Minas Gerais, it also contributes to debates on the implementation of Laws No. 10639/2003 and No. 11645/2008, which made compulsory teaching of Afro-Brazilian language and indigenous history in schools.
Coordinated by Professor Hebe Matos (UFJF) and João Paulo López (IFSUDETEMG), the project is implemented thanks to funding from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), within the framework of the Call for Proposals – Humanities, and includes researchers from different backgrounds in the fields of history, anthropology and archaeology. As well as those with religious and cultural knowledge.
Based on the search for new ways to develop knowledge, based on fair dialogue with societies, cognitive dialogue between knowledgeable people constitutes an important methodological tool and an incentive for the theoretical development of research.