Local Networks of knowledge, production, and circulation of handcrafted objects made by artisans in the Amanã Reserve

Marília De Jesus Silva e Sousa, Deise Lucy Oliveira Montardo


This paper refers to the knowhow and skills involved in the production of artisanal objects in three communities located in the Amanã Sustainable Development Reserve (RDSA) in the middle Solimões river: Belo Monte, São José do Urini and Sítio Cachimbo. When analyzing techniques and the traditional knowledge associated to handcrafting, we have identified that the process of production and circulation of objects is carried out using productive strategies that involve different social agents related by kin and compadrio bonds. Ethnographic studies focus on qualitative methodologies, emphasizing participatory observation. The aim of this article is to describe and analyze networks related to production and circulation of artisanal objects, their productive strategies and the context of the social transmission of knowledge. An informal work contract of mutual help (trabalho de meia) is one of the pillars of handcrafting. This productive arrangement enables access to natural resources used as raw materials in the making of handicrafts for domestic use and sale. Teaching and learning processes are fundamental components for the reproduction of knowledge between generations.


Craftsmen; Traditional knowledge; Handicraft objects; Artesãos; Conhecimentos tradicionais; Objetos artesanais

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.31420/uakari.v9i1.143