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In this letter, the writer Mário de Andrade critiques the researcher Luiz da Câmara Cascudo’s articles about folklore. He notes, however, the latter’s rigorous, scientific approach to the subject. The letter mentions (though not explicitly) Cascudo’s very special request when de Andrade was appointed director of the Departamento de Cultura da Municipalidade Paulistana. As director of the Department of Culture (and seeking to preserve Brazil’s cultural heritage), de Andrade took charge of the Revista do Arquivo Municipal, and asked Cascudo to write two articles a year for the magazine. Though he admired Cascudo’s intelligence and knowledge, de Andrade took advantage of the opportunity to make two penetrating criticisms concerning the subject matter in a couple of Cascudo’s recent books. In the first place, he criticized the limited scope (in 1937 there was no bibliography available on historical Brazilian figures). His second critique points out the ethnographic studies that are less than meticulous about the details of the places discussed. De Andrade ends his letter on a friendly and conciliatory note.
Carta em que Mário de Andrade faz críticas aos artigos sobre folclore de Luiz da Câmara Cascudo. Apresenta o seu modo rigoroso e científico de trabalhar com o assunto.
This letter to the anthropologist and historian Luiz da Câmara Cascudo (1898-1986) was written while the Brazilian author, poet, musicologist, and art critic Mário de Andrade (1893–1945) was director of the Departamento de Cultura da Municipalidade Paulistana (which is now the Secretaria Municipal da Cultura). One of de Andrade’s responsibilities in that role was to publish the Revista do Arquivo Municipal. He had also recently founded the Sociedade de Etnografia e Folclore (SEF), which only lasted two years (for more information, see “Estatutos da Sociedade de Etnografia e Folclore,” [doc. no. 1083656]). De Andrade was on the board of the SEF, as was Dina Lévi-Strauss (1911–99). There were also 64 founding members, including the anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908–2009), the writer Rubens Borba de Moraes (1899–1986), and the art critic Sérgio Milliet (1898-1966). It was at that time that de Andrade came up with the plan to create a Municipal Library in São Paulo to house the cultural history of the city and the country.
A carta foi escrita na época em que Mário de Andrade dirigia o Departamento de Cultura, que publicava a Revista do Arquivo Municipal e acabara de fundar a Sociedade de Etnografia e Folclore.
Ver também: Estatutos da Sociedade de Etnografia e Folclore. Revista do Arquivo Municipal, São Paulo, ano 4, n.39, p.101-112, set. 1937.
d- Folclore e cultura popular
e- Alianças, modelos de atuação e organização da cultura. Projetos públicos.