This paper aims to discuss the construction of the “traditional indigenous midwife” category in the context of public health policies on pregnancy, labor and childbirth care in Roraima, Brazil. Based on statements given by indigenous women and men in two sets of situations - the training courses offered by the Ministry of Health and in the Midwives, Praying men and Shamans Meetings held in Região das Serras, Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous Land, Brazil - this work seeks to consider how the sensible knowing of these men and women who call themselves midwives is transformed into the category of “traditional indigenous knowledge”. In addition, I will examine the writing and drawing records produced by midwives, pointing to the ways in which traditional indigenous knowledge transforms itself and takes new shapes in relation to the conceptual logic of scientific knowledge embedded in public health policies.
Barra, Maria Christina
"Writing and Drawing: Knowledge of “Traditional Indigenous Midwives”",
Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America:
1, Article 5, 92-113.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.trinity.edu/tipiti/vol18/iss1/5
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