How do the lives of Indigenous peoples relate to the romanticized role of "Indians" in Brazilian history, politics, and cultural production? Native and National in Brazil charts this enigmatic relationship from the sixteenth century to the present, focusing on the consolidation of the dominant national imaginary in the postindependence period and highlighting
Native peoples' ongoing work to decolonize it. Engaging issues ranging from sovereignty, citizenship, and national security to the revolutionary potential of art, sustainable
development, and the gendering of ethnic differences, Tracy Devine Guzmán argues that the tensions between popular renderings of "Indianness" and lived Indigenous experience are
critical to the unfolding of Brazilian nationalism, on the one hand, and the growth of the Brazilian Indigenous movement, on the other.
About Tracy Devine Guzmán
Tracy Devine Guzmán is associate professor of Latin American studies, Portuguese, and Spanish at the University of Miami.