Adana O. Kambeba
Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
Adana Omágua Kambeba (Portuguese name Danielle Soprano Pereira) belongs to the Kambeba people, also known as the Omágua people, which translates as the “People of the Waters”. The Omágua people are present in the Peruvian, Colombian and Brazilian Amazon. Adana comes from the Brazilian state of Amazonas. She was born and raised between two worlds; the Indigenous and non-indigenous. She graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). As far as she is aware, she is the first Indigenous woman of her people to graduate in medicine in her country, in addition to being the first doctor to overturn convention and obtain authorization to register both her names, her Portuguese and Indigenous, with the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM). She currently works in the city of Belo Horizonte at the Sofia Feldman Hospital, a benchmark hospital in humanized childbirth and women’s health care, at the Novo Aarão Reis Health Center in Family and Community Medicine. She also works as a prescriber of medical cannabis. In addition to her practice as a doctor, she is a researcher and is dedicated to the study of the cultural identity of her people. Additionally, she is an educator, speaker, and actress who has appeared in films and miniseries. She is currently in the process of training as a pajé (Indigenous medicine person) to be able to act both as a doctor and pajé in the Amazon region in the future. Adana sits on the Advisory Board of the Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines.