Bruno da Cunha Araújo Pereira (Recife, August 15, 1980 – Atalaia do Norte, June 5, 2022) was an indigenist and career servant of the National Indian Foundation (Funai). He was considered one of the greatest specialists in isolated or recently contacted indigenous peoples in the country and an expert in the Javari Valley.
Childhood and education
Bruno was born in Recife and had two brothers. He was the son of a couple from Paraíba who came to live in the capital of Pernambuco. He was a student at the old school Contacto, where he graduated from high school in 1998, at the unit in the neighborhood of Boa Viagem, in the South Zone of Recife. Bruno started studying journalism at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in 2000, but left the course in 2003.
After dropping out of college, Bruno worked for a period at the Instituto Nacional do Seguro Social (INSS) in Recife. After getting a job in the environmental program of the Balbina Hydroelectric Power Plant, he went to the Amazon region. which has the highest concentration of uncontacted indigenous people in the world. In 2018, Pereira became the general coordinator of Isolated and Newly Contacted Indians at Funai, when he led the largest expedition to contact isolated Indians. In 2019, he led the largest expedition to contact isolated Indians in the last 20 years. However, after pressure from rural sectors linked to the Jair Bolsonaro government, he was dismissed from his position in October of that year by the then executive secretary of Sergio Moro at the Ministry of Justice, Luiz Pontel. and fishermen.Bruno also coordinated a project to equip indigenous people to defend their territory, using drones, computers and training. Bruno Pereira stated that the invaders felt more comfortable as a result of the permissiveness of the public power, with surveillance going through a process of continuous weakening.
Bruno was married to the anthropologist Beatriz Matos, with whom he had two children. He also had a third child from another relationship.