ChangeNOW Summit 2022


Kowawa Apurinã

Instituto Pupykary

Ph.D. student and indigenous leader

Global leaders
Inclusion & Education


Kowawa is an Apurinã from the Middle Purus River, a southern tributary of the Amazon. She is the granddaughter of a shaman and the niece of a cacique (village leader). Learning Portuguese at the age of ten, Kowawa made her way to a Brazilian university, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Law, a licensure in Visual Arts, an MA in Education and another MA in Anthropology. She is a PhD student in Anthropology at the Federal Fluminense University in Niterói and is currently undertaking a doctorate exchange program at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris. Her research examines the Tupinambá people’s process of retaking land in southern Bahia, Brazil. Kowawa is an important indigenous leader, as well as an environmental and human rights activist. She is the co-founder of an institute for preserving Apurinã lands, the Instituto Pupykary, as well as the Brazilian Articulation for Indigenous Anthropologists.
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