Bernie Peixoto. Photo by: Chris Kilham © 1997

Shaman Ipupiara

Bernie Peixoto, aka Ipupiara (which means fresh water dolphin), is an Eur Eu Wa Wa native from eastern Brazil, as well as a PhD in anthropology. Smart, canny, and a real trickster, Bernie had been living in Washington, D.C. for eleven years before we traveled together to the Amazon and stayed there for a month. I consider Bernie my brother.

Bernie Peixoto died in May 2011. Please read Death of a Shaman.