Maria Jussara Gomes Gruber
Fellow Since 1996
MAGUTA - Centro de Documentação e Pesquisa do Alto Solimões
This description of Maria Jussara Gomes Gruber's work was prepared when Maria Jussara Gomes Gruber was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
Jussara Gruber is helping the Ticuna indigenous people in Amazonas State to establish stronger identity and self-respect by organizing an ethnographic Museum reflecting the Ticuna's own priorities. The Museum she has established serves as an important tool for helping the Ticuna defend their culture and lands against predatory landowners and loggers, and as a broader instrument for indigenous people's resistance, values, and rights within Brazilian society.
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