Despite tremendous colonial violence from the state and settler society, Indigenous leaders in contemporary Brazil stand up to perform the authority inherited from their peoples, write João Urt and Tchella Maso. It is time to recognise their diplomatic roles as sovereign mediators between their cosmologies and the Westernised world
Associate Professor of International Relations, Universidade Federal de Roraima
João holds a PhD degree in international relations from the University of Brasília (UnB). He was previously a professor at the Insikiran Institute for Indigenous Education at UFRR, where he first engaged in research with Indigenous Peoples. He is currently interested in contemporary forms of colonialism and struggles for decolonisation, the many branches of postcolonial/decolonial thought and their impacts on international relations, Indigenous Peoples as actors in global politics, and the ethics of research involving Indigenous communities.
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