The Postgraduate Program in Anthropology / UFPA, through the Discipline "Latin American Decolonial Epistemology", invites everyone to participate in the Conference:

Reflections around the Thought of Paulo Freire and Orlando Fals Borda

Doctor João Colares da Mota Neto (PPGED-UEPA)

Date: May 3, 2018 - Thursday

Location: IFCH-UFPA Auditorium

Time: 4:00 p.m.

(Certificate of 4h for participants)

The Archeology Center of the Graduate Program in Anthropology Promoted Extension Activity at the School of Application of UFPA.

The Nucleus of Archeology, linked to the Postgraduate Program in Anthropology (PPGA), in partnership with the UFPA Application School, promotes on April 14, 18 and 20, 2018 extension activities of the VI Pathways of Archeology at UFPA: an archeology goes to school. With a participation of undergraduate and graduate students, in partnership with the institution's outstanding teaching staff: in partnership with Expedito Quaresma, professor of the History Team of the institution. The proposal this year is to present an archeology as a profession. Previous emitters aimed at overall survival of the archaeological experience at the UFPA and the Amazon.

The Graduate Program in Anthropology invites everyone to the event held by the Amerindian Research Group.


The importance of Linguistics in Anthropology and Më Kwy itêkjê ri

Date / Time: 05/11/2018 - 2:00 p.m.

Location: IFCH Congregation Room

Lectures: Professor Nayara da Silva Camargo and Leadership Parkatêjê


Short Course

Fundamentals of Linguistics for Anthropology

Date / Time: 16, 17 and 18/05/2018 - 9:00 a.m.

Location: PPGA Miniauditório

Professor: Nayara da Silva Camargo

Number of vacancies: 20

Registrations are presided over by the PPGA secretariat until 05/15/2018.

The Postgraduate Program in Anthropology reports that it was published in the Journal of the Brazilian Association of Black Researchers (ABPN Magazine v. 10, n. 24 • nov.2017 - Feb. 2018, p.366-391), the article "Income and color of people with sickle cell anemia attended at the Hemopa Foundation, Pará, Amazônia, Brazil: reality and perspectives ", authored by Ariana Kelly Leandra Silva da Silva, Aline Nunes Saraiva, Roseane Bittencourt Tavares, Alisson Bruno Leite Lima and Hilton P. Silva This article was developed from the thesis of the student Ariana Silva of the Postgraduate Program in Anthropology of the Federal University of Pará (PPGA / UFPA).

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The Postgraduate Program in Anthropology of the Federal University of Pará, through the Improvement Committee Published by the Simplified Selection for the hiring of Visiting Professor - Bioanthropology, governed by Public Notice No. 001/2018.


1st Place - Pedro José Tótora da Glória


2nd Place - Katarzyna Anna Górka


Interpretation of resources: by email until 5:00 pm on 04/09/2018

Denise Pahl Schaan

April 17, 1962–March 3, 2018

Denise Pahl Schaan, 55, a major figure in Amazonian archaeology and professor in the graduate anthropology program at the Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPa), died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) on March 3, 2018, in Belém, Brazil.

Schaan was an extremely productive scholar, whose prolific field research and publications were key in current debates on cultural development and anthropogenic influence on the tropical forests of lowland South America. Her intimate understanding of the material record discerned subtle traces of past human occupations often missed in tropical landscapes. Her early research concentrated on Marajó Island, the scene of considerable debate in Amazon archaeology in earlier generations, including in-depth studies on Marajoara iconography, which was the basis of her MA thesis at the Catholic University in Porto Alegre, her home city, and published in 1997. This culminated in her doctoral dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh (2004), based on careful excavations and survey on Marajó, which resulted in the most precise reconstruction of the regional organization of these pre-Columbian complex societies and revealed systems of water and fish management overlooked by earlier researchers.

Schaan is best known internationally for her in-depth survey and excavations of the monumental enclosures in southwestern Amazonia, known as geoglyphs. Together with paleoecologist Alceu Ranzi (Universidade Federal do Acre), she mounted an international research team that brought these remarkable earthen constructions to world acclaim and demonstrated the complexity of these forgotten pre-Columbian peoples, in a region long thought to be devoid of indigenous monumentality.

Schaan’s meticulous empirical studies fueled debates on the cultural achievements of ancient Amazonians and her insights were at the vanguard of current theories of their development. Schaan was an innovator in archaeological science, adopting novel technologies to unearth the evidence of prehistoric landscape transformations in Amazonia, and their relevance to debates on biodiversity, sustainability, and cultural heritage.

The archaeology and historical ecology of the geoglyphs, mound sites of Marajó Island, and her recent work on the cultural landscapes of Santarém formed the core material for her comprehensive monograph, Sacred Geographies of Ancient Amazonia (2011). Schaan was a prolific writer and authored over 80 articles and book chapters in scientific and public venues, including PNAS, Journal of Archaeological Science, and Antiquity. She authored, edited, and co-edited 14 volumes. She was an innovative educator and, together with social anthropologist Jane Beltrão, founded the first explicitly four-field PhD program in anthropology in Brazil at the UFPa in 2008, as well as the online anthropology journal Amazônica: Revista de Antropologia.

In addition to her voluminous research, she supervised 5 PhD and 11 MA theses at UFPa, where she was directing 5 PhD theses at the time of her death. She is survived by her husband André dos Santos, daughter Ana Paula, and son Lucas. Although she will be sorely missed, her profound influence on the burgeoning fields of Amazon archaeology and historical ecology will live on through her carefully collected field data, insightful publications, and the unique inspiration she provided to students and colleagues. (William Balée and Michael J. Heckenberger)


Cite as: Balée, William, and Michael J. Heckenberger. 2018. “Denise Pahl Schaan.” Anthropology News website, March 16, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/AN.802

The Graduate Program in Anthropology invites everyone to the 1st SYMPOSIUM OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES - INSTITUTE OF STUDIES OF XINGU, to be held on April 16, 17 and 18, 2018, in São Félix do Xingu-PA.

Click here: Event website

Dear colleagues,

It is with deep sadness that we received the news of the death of our companion Denise Pahl Schaan, of the Federal University of Pará. She passed away today, March 03, 2018, as a consequence of a relentless illness that had affected her life for some time. Despite the limitations imposed by her state of health, Denise never ceased to devote herself to her academic commitments. Something that surprised us all, who have followed their challenges in recent months. Denise had an impressive ability to work, which is notorious in the face of her voluminous academic output. She was a tireless researcher, obstinate, disciplined, and always concerned with excellence. In addition to her undeniable scientific contribution to the field of Archeology, especially in the Amazon, Denise was very creative, perhaps an inheritance from her time in the world of arts in Porto Alegre, and that led her to studies on the iconography of Marajoara pottery. In recent years, along with his partner, he has been devoting himself to audiovisual productions, some of which are very well received by critics. This was Denise, taking every opportunity to produce articles, books, magazines, exhibitions, videos. Her entrepreneurial nature led her to create and expand archeology training spaces in the Amazon, including the Postgraduate Program in Anthropology, Federal University of Pará, where she was a founder and teacher, and in which we were colleagues for many years. It was through her that I came to the Amazon, here we worked together on projects, organizing two books and conducting the Brazilian Archeology Society / SAB, between 2007 and 2009, she was president, I was secretary.

Accounting for its production is a task, and it produced an extraordinary volume for those who were just over 50 years old. Denise revolutionized Amazonian archeology, in which she wrote 14 books, more than 40 articles in major scientific journals, some 40 chapters of books, and other academic productions. His publications, which include themes ranging from research to management, combined with his great competence and capacity for synthesis, have made the name Schaan cited in a significant part of the bibliography related to the academic production of Brazilian archeology. The writing was one of his passions, which he worked hard. She once told me that she would like to retire, move to a beach, and become a writer. He had recognized talent both for academic texts and those for the dissemination of archeology. These materials arrived in distant places of Amazonia and for that reason, the name Schaan was heard in several places of the region, especially, that one that made it enter the archeology: the Marajó. I could write pages about her titles, production, creativity, her contribution to our field, the enormous gap that remains with her death, but interestingly, Denise Pahl Schaan never wanted to be an archaeologist, she said,

"I never thought of being an archaeologist and I can say that I became an archaeologist by chance ... I found in archeology what I was looking for: the possibility of developing a work that was intellectual and physical, which demanded creativity and passion that required dedication and responsibility, in which I could give vent to my interests in anthropology, drawing, art, literature, through which I could travel and meet new people, teach and learn. I think if I had chosen earlier for archeology I would not have prepared myself so much to exercise it with the determination with which I dedicate myself to my career nowadays. People who are passionate about their profession and who like what they do know what I'm talking about"¹.

Denise was a shy-smiling woman, but she had this passion in everything she did. Her early death has a strong impact on our community, and particularly on those of us who live with her at university. We have not yet been able to measure her loss, but I know that she has eternalized for her production, so vast for such a young man. Denise Schaan said "the world needs good storytellers" and added "some of them may be archaeologists"2. She was certainly one of the great accountants of the history of the Amazon and this will always make her present.

Marcia Bezerra

Federal University of Pará

Belém, March 3, 2018

1 Schaan, D.P. Reflections of an archaeologist and woman in the Amazon, in Dominguez, Funari, Carvalho, Rodrigues (Orgs) Challenges of Archeology: testimonials. Erechim: Habilis editor, 2009, 89-99.

2 Op.cit, p.99

Photo: Video "35 years of SAB".

The Postgraduate Program in Anthropology, Federal University of Pará (PPGA / UFPA), states that registration is open from February 2 to March 30, 2018, for the simplified selection process (PSS) for the completion of 1 (one) vacancy of Assistant Visitor, in the area of BIOANTHROPOLOGY, to work in the Higher Magisterium under a 40-hour work regime with Exclusive Dedication.

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XVI Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology and XII Brazilian Symposium on Ethnobiology and Ethnoecology

The rights of indigenous and traditional peoples and the sustainable uses of biodiversity three decades after the Declaration of Belém.

Activity period - August 7 - 10, 2018

Complete schedule and registration on the site -

Locality - Belém of Pará - Brazil 

HANGAR Convention Center