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Area of Expertise: Activism

"If we have our lands, we’ll have a fulfilled life, because it’s through the land that you can exercise your citizenship as an Indigenous people. To be able to live together with our people and with nature itself guarantees our culture, our traditions, our rituals."

Sônia Bone Guajajara is the national coordinator of Brazil's Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB) and tireless spokeswoman for the country's indigenous movement. She hails from a Guajajara village in the state of Maranhão and was vice-coordinator of the Brazilian Amazon's indigenous network COIAB for four years prior to assuming her national leadership position in Brasilia. Sônia is also a graduate in Languages and postgraduate in Special Education.