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the many names of Cauê


The Cauê Peak, a 1400-meter-high elevation which was predominantly composed of iron ore, played a central role in ore extraction in the Iron Quadrangle. This contribution analyzes the three different names attributed to Cauê Peak over the past three hundred years and how they reflect the colonization process of this area. Through archival research and collaborative investigation with local residents, it addresses the underrecognized influence of indigenous peoples and enslaved Africans on the region’s history.

(Essay presented at the Panel: Memory, grief, and transformation in Brazil's "iron quadrangle". How to imagine post-extractivist worlds in a zone of sacrifice? in: Transformative Connections, 3rd Annuel Meeting of the Environmental Humanities Justice Network, Nov 6th, 2023, Copenhagen, Denmark.)



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