Victor Felix

Life Sciences

Victor Felix’s work emerges as a force for integrating knowledge about the soil, adding indigenous wisdom to scientific and traditional knowledge. Inhabitant of the Paraíba city of Baía da Traição and a descendant of the Potiguara people in this state, Felix wants to expand the ecology of knowledge about the soil by validating the understanding that traditional people have about their territories. It is a project that emphasizes pedology more and strengthens indigenous communities’ voices, recognizing their ancestral wisdom and autonomy to decide and choose paths in their territories—an invaluable contribution to a more sustainable and equitable world.

He graduated in agroecology technology from the Federal Institute of Paraíba and has a master’s and doctorate in soil science from the Federal University of Paraíba. Combining traditional and academic knowledge to build more sustainable and resilient systems, the agroecologist’s work is not limited to the laboratory or universities; Felix has been leading socio-environmental projects in a Potiguara village for two years, demonstrating his commitment to the community and the preservation of traditional knowledge.

Projects

Plantando uma Escola Viva Potiguara: diálogos interculturais conectando ecologia e revitalização da língua originária
Arte/Educação, Ciências da Vida

O objetivo do projeto é conectar experiências de comunicação e educação intercultural do Selvagem – Ciclo de Estudos sobre a Vida, projetos científicos sobre ecologia, ciências do solo, sustentabilidade e conhecimentos indígenas na Paraíba, e os esforços de reconexão do povo Potiguara com sua língua originária.

Propõe-se a produção de materiais de comunicação científica e educação por meio de oficinas estruturantes de uma Escola Viva Potiguara, inspirada em iniciativas similares de fortalecimento dos saberes indígenas. O projeto contará com a colaboração de bolsistas do Serapilheira na Terra Indígena Potiguara e no Campus IV da UFPB, onde membros do Selvagem promoverão oficinas para produzir um caderno focado na transformação biocultural da Terra Indígena Potiguara, integrando a restauração da biodiversidade e dos ecossistemas com o resgate cultural através da reconexão com a língua originária.

Amount invested

Grant 2023: R$ 30.000,00
Can the ecology of knowledge about soil contribute to the advancement of soil science and global challenges?
Science / Life Sciences

Indigenous and traditional populations have accurate knowledge about their territories, and the field of ethnopedology studies this knowledge about the natural resource “soil”. The project aims to validate the production of knowledge originating from indigenous communities, contributing to more detailed soil mapping and enabling the construction of more sustainable and resilient agroecosystems in the face of the climate crisis. Furthermore, it strengthens the need to consider indigenous populations when making decisions about the management of their territories and the production of knowledge, therefore going against existing scientific colonialism.

Amount invested

Grant Serrapilheira 2023: R$ 100.000,00
Grant Faperj 2023: R$ 700.000,00

Open Calls

Chamada conjunta de apoio a pós-docs negros e indígenas em ecologia nº 1