An exchange between indigenous people from the Amazonas and Maranhão who autonomously defend their own territory was articulated by the indigenous activist Bruno Pereira and realized one month after his assassination with the journalist Dom Phillips.
When the indigenous activist Bruno Pereira was assassinated in the Javari Valley in the Amazon on June 5, he had an appointment. He would travel to the Araribóia Indigenous Land in Maranhão to promote an exchange between the defenders of the two territories. The idea was that the experienced Guardians of the Guajajara Forest would train their Amazonian relatives from Javari - who, besides also being threatened by the invasion of their territory, still face illegal fishing and drug trafficking on the triple border with Peru and Colombia.
"When a tree falls, many seeds fall to the ground and sprout again". This is how the four Javari Indians defined Bruno's death when they landed in Maranhão. Binin Matis, Igson Kanamari, Manoel Marubo, and Assis Mayoruna were there as seeds to improve their self-defense techniques with the Guajajara.
They are welcomed by about 50 guardians, among them Laércio, who wears military camouflage pants and has his body painted with urucum and jenipapo. He wears around his neck a necklace with teeth of the queixada, the bush pig. He is one of the most active in the chants and dances chanted to greet the visitors.
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Laércio Guajajara is moved when he hears the Javari Valley Indians talk about Bruno. He stands up with tears in his eyes and hugs each one of them tightly. They share the pain of having lost a friend - in 2019, Paulino Guajajara had been murdered before their eyes by invaders of the territory.