Raoni Metuktire

Activist Type

Raoni Metuktire, also known as Chief Raoni, is a prominent Indigenous Brazilian leader and environmentalist renowned for his unwavering dedication to preserving the Amazon rainforest and Indigenous culture. Born in 1932, Raoni hails from the Kayapo people and has emerged as a global symbol of environmental activism. His early encounters with the outside world in the 1950s propelled him into the spotlight, leading to collaborations with renowned figures like Sting and initiatives like the Rainforest Foundation. Despite facing challenges such as the Belo Monte Dam project, Raoni's tireless advocacy has garnered international recognition, including the Queen's Young Leaders Award in 2015. With his recent participation in the Brazilian presidential inauguration, Raoni continues to champion the cause of environmental preservation and Indigenous rights, inspiring generations to safeguard our planet's natural heritage.

Artwork by
Ana Matsusaki

It's such an honour to be part of this project and illustrate Raoni's portrait, one of the most inspiring activists for the Amazon rainforest, especially now that global climate change is an urgent topic. I searched for several pictures of Raoni's indigenous community, the Caiapós, to understand what kind of patterns and symbols are part of this culture. Once I had these references, I started doing some sketches on my tablet. I decided to portray Raoni inside of a frame covered with caiapós community patterns. Also, I picked some ornaments that he usually dresses for important occasions. For the final art, I used stamps, pencils, and ink.



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September 7, 1822
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