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On the front lines of defense of their peoples and territories, Vanda Witoto and Maial Kaiapó ran for federal deputy for the Rede Sustentabilidade in Amazonas and Pará in 2022 — a year in which Indigenous people set an all-time record, with 164 candidacies, 44.5% of them female. Despite not being elected, both had a significant number of votes and awakened in their peoples the desire to occupy institutional politics.
A report that followed the campaigns of both candidates in September tells their stories, difficulties and potentials, as well as the political balance of this journey from the specialists' point of view.