Erisvan is a youth leader and journalist from the Guajajara people in Maranhão, Brazil. He has been active in the indigenous movement since 2010, within political organisations and as a cultural activist, using communication for the empowerment of indigenous youth. He sees communication as a key tool to multiplying the force of new ideas within the indigenous movement, to combat climate change and to record and denounce, through documentary, short films and photographs, the great exploitation of timber in indigenous territories.
Erisvan founded the network “Mídia India” with two other Guajajara youth, Edvan Guajajara and Flay Guajajara, to give voice to Brazil’s indigenous peoples, and disseminates news of indigenous campaigns from across Brazil via their Facebook page. His aim is to develop a Latin American indigenous communications network where indigenous people can tell their own story. He works at a national level to connect with other indigenous communicators, to show the true reality of their peoples.
Erisvan took part in audiovisual training through the project “Coisa de Indio”, which involved 12 Guajajara youth. They produced several short films to communicate their cultural and territorial realities to the world.
In his home state of Maranhão, Erisvan works with the Coordination of Organizations and Articulations of the Indigenous Peoples of Maranhão (COAPIMA), debating with other youth and conducting political training through seminars and meetings. He also works with Rejuind, a national indigenous youth network, and supports communication for both COIAB and APIB, two national indigenous organisations.