Mércio Pereira Gomes

Mércio Pereira Gomes is a Brazilian anthropologist who presently (April 2010) teaches at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Fluminense Federal University), in Niterói, near Rio de Janeiro. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida, in 1977, under the supervision of Charles Wagley, who at that time was considered the foremost Brazilianist in the United States and had done extensive fieldwork in Brazil. His dissertation was about the Tenetehara Indians of northern Brazil and in it Gomes expounded how this Indigenous people had managed to survive almost 400 years of relations with Western society. Years later, Gomes published his first book called Os índios e o Brasil (Petrópolis, Vozes, 1988), where he hailed the survival of Brazilian Indians as the most important news in the recent history of inter-ethnic relations in that country. This book was later translated into English by the University of Florida Presses (2000) with the title The Indians and Brazil, and received excellent reviews. Another important publication by Gomes was his book on the Tenetehara Indians called O Índio na História (Petrópolis, Vozes, 2002).

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... Mércio Pereira Gomes' time as head of FUNAI also had some controversial points ... Based on an interview that Gomes gave to a Reuters report, in English, whose translation was published in the Brazilian newspaper O Estado de São ... The Indians response to Gomes´misinterpreted statements that they "have too much land" can be read on the Survival International page ...