The Heart of Brazil Expedition will consist of just two people from outside Brazil, Patrick and Sue Cunningham, accompanied by two or more guides and boatmen from the villages we pass. We also hope to take along an Indian cameraman for part of the journey.

Sue Cunningham is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has been documenting Brazil’s indigenous people for over twenty years, especially in the Xingu. She is a photographer and is qualified as an Associate of the British Institute of Professional Photography. She has been involved with many educational publications, including “Brazil In The School”, an educational pack published by the Brazilian Embassy in London. She photographed and co-authored “Out of the Amazon” with Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, then Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Sue grew up in Brazil and returns at least once a year in the course of her professional work. She gives occasional lectures to undergraduate students at British Universities, and has contributed to the University of London Institute of Latin American Studies and to Oxford University’s Latin American Centre. She has provided photographs and information for several exhibitions, including “Unknown Amazon” at the British Museum, “Amazon” at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam and “Viva Amazonia” at the Natural History Museum, Lisbon. She has also had numerous solo and joint photographic exhibitions.

Patrick Cunningham is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a writer. During a career spanning twenty years he has written for many magazines including Geographical Magazine, BBC Wildlife and British Airways High Life, and has authored educational books. He contributed to the Insight Guide, Brazil. He has been involved with the UK Tropical Forest Forum and has carried out research in Brazil for Pro-Natura International. He travels to Brazil frequently.

Patrick has a degree in Geology from the University of Sheffield.

Sue and Patrick have been supporters of the indigenous communities of Brazil for twenty years, working with non-governmental organisations to promote their interests and safeguard their future through respect for their rights as tribal people and as individuals.

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