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date: 19 June 2019

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This article examines the musical world of riverine girls living on the banks of the Quianduba river in the Lower Tocantins territory, state of Pará, Brazilian Amazon. Ethnographic methods and tools such as participant observation, field notes, and recordings of interviews and musical practices were used to document and capture meanings associated with musical practices of children and adults. Musical engagement enabled riverine girls to be seen and heard. Through music, they became more visible and had opportunities to “escape” the harsh realities of life. Despite their geographical isolation, the Quianduba river community has been influenced by media, new technologies, and Brazilian pop music, as evident in the lyrics and musical features of their songs.

Keywords: musical world, riverine girls, Quianduba river, musical practices, musical culture

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