Residency Period: 03/01/2013 to 02/28/2014

Professor Rosângela Pereira de Tugny graduated in Piano from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1986), DEA in Music and Musicology – Université François Rabelais de Tours (1991) and PhD in Music and Musicology – Université François Rabelais de Tours (1996). She is currently an associate professor at the Department of General Theory of Music at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She coordinated projects at the Curt Lange Collection at UFMG and at the Ethnomusicology Laboratory at UFMG, developing research on indigenous musical practices and with the song repertoires of the TIkmu’un people – Maxakali. She has published books and articles on contemporary music and ethnomusicology. In collaboration with indigenous specialists, she translated and organized the publication of films, recordings and translation books of chants and myths.


The project “Songs of survival and ancestry in the writing territory” can be characterized as a scientific research whose knowledge project is based on the fight against symbolic erasure and prejudice against indigenous peoples in general and the Tikmu’un in general. particular, seeking in this way to make even more visible the contrast of this context with the indigenous discourse about its eminently musical strength and survival.

The project is based, therefore, on the study of the rich and diverse musical repertoires of the Amerindian peoples, present in their narratives and rituals in general, and which are pivotal to the transdisciplinary way par excellence in which knowledge is processed among these peoples: It is through music that natural recognition and classification systems are activated, it is music that organizes social structures, engages socio-cosmological understandings and diplomacies, it is music that acts in the cure of diseases. In this sense, the research proposes the interaction of other groups and researchers from different areas, especially linguistics, music, anthropology, cinema and literature.