A prominent expert on the Amazon tribesmen was shot by an arrow fired by indigenous people when approached in a remote area of Brazil.
Riley Franciscato, 56, was the head of a program to protect indigenous groups that have little or no contact with the outside world.
He died on Wednesday in the remote municipality Seringueiras region of the northern state of Rondonia, he said in a statement from the Brazilian government’s Office of Indigenous Affairs, FUNAI, where he worked.
Witnesses said she was shot above the heart with an arrow while monitoring a recent demonstration by a tribe known as the ‘Caterio River Isolated Group’, according to a photo journalist from the region of Gabriel Uchida.
Riley was also accompanied by a police patrol and the former head of the FUNAI said that his presence may have led to the attack.
Riley Franciscato, 56, a government official and leading expert on isolated Amazon tribes, who was shot to death by indigenous people on Wednesday
Franciscato was executed in the Scheringirus region, a remote municipality in the northern state of Rondia (pictured), close to the border of Bolivia
Uru-ui-wau-wau tribe hunters
The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe lives in the mountains of the Amazon rainforest, but its population has plummeted after its 1.8 million-acre reservation due to the conflict and disease of road construction and tin-mining projects.
First approached by Brazilian government officials in 1981, the tribe is believed to consist of more than 1,000 hunting dogs living in nine different villages.
Population is estimated to have declined by more than half in the last four decades following infiltration by miners and residents, especially after the discovery of large-scale tin reserves in 1991.
The region has also been affected by fire and deforestation, with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pushing for development on indigenous lands.
Uru-eu-vau-vau, who speaks some Portuguese, is aware of Bolsonaro’s policies and members of the young tribe have equipped themselves to spy on invaders with drones.
Older villagers have been known to suggest ‘arrows to a foot’ to keep them paralyzed, who are sometimes arrested by the federal police when the tribe alerts authorities.
According to Minority Rights Group International, the tribe is vulnerable to diseases spread by viruses and bacteria and has little access to healthcare.
The Caninde Foundation, co-founded by Franciscato, says the tribe is ‘facing an invasion by land occupiers, miners and loggers that threaten the lives of indigenous people’.
Kaninde has equipped the tribe with a laptop, a high-definition camera, a waterproof camera, a walkie-talkie, and a GPS device. The plan is for each village to enable at least three people to use the equipment.
According to Amnesty International, hundreds of people infiltrated the Uru-UI-Vau-Vau region in 2019, which they say are fueling the destruction of rainforest in illegal cattle farms in the area.
A member of a tribe, Ari Uru-eu-vau-wav, struck four in the head in April, but the killer was not identified.
Rondonia state officials have been accused of taking land from indigenous people near the border of Bolivia.
In other areas of Brazil, invasion of protected lands led to violent clashes, while coronoviruses also caused havoc among the Amazon tribes.
Witnesses said that when the party caught fire with arrows, they ran to seek shelter in the back of a vehicle, but Reilly suffered a heart attack.
A policeman said in an audio posted on social media, “He wept, shot an arrow from his chest, ran 50 meters and fell lifeless.”
He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died shortly after.
“The tribe is known as a peaceful group,” Uchida told news agency AFP.
‘The last time they appeared in the area, in June …. It was a large group, very peaceful. They even presented gifts at someone’s home.
‘This time, there were only five armed men – a war party. This means that they should have done something to ‘get revenge’. ‘
Such groups are sometimes violently exposed when illegal miners or poachers encroach on their land.
Uchida said that there were few reports of such activity in the area.
Indigenous rights group Survival International said that Franciscato’s death and the presence of Aboriginal people at the edge of a nearby farm are ‘almost certainly a reaction to the pressure of him and his forest’.
“Most of the forest around the reserve has been destroyed and farms and loggers are also being taken over,” the group said.
“Last year there were many fires outside and inside the reserve, and this year there was a possibility of more burns in the area.”
Sarah Schenker, a senior researcher in the group, described the expert’s death as a ‘tragic and immeasurable loss to the undocumented tribes’.
He said: ‘The undocumented Indians may have misjudged Riley, one of their closest enemies, who threatens their survival.
‘They have been pushed to the shore and there is only one remedy: protect their territory from all invasions so that they may live and thrive.’
The first contact of individual tribes with the outside world has often been disastrous in the past, killed by deadly violence, due to disease outbreaks and the breakdown of their social structures.
Rieli led an operation in FUNAI called the Uru Eu Wau Wau Ethno-Environmental Protection Front, whose mission was to protect isolated groups.
FUNAI declined to say how she died, but officials and a journalist in the area confirmed the details of the incident on Thursday.
He died at a time when indigenous people in Brazil are increasingly threatened by invasions by illegal land grabbers, loggers and gold miners, influenced by the policies of far-right President Zaire Boulonaro who wants to develop the Amazon and indigenous Want to reduce the size of. reservation.
The Kaninde Ethno-Environmental Defense Association he helped in the 1980s said that the indigenous group did not have the ability to distinguish between a friend or foe of the outside world.
Rieli Franciscato helped found the Kaninde Ethno-Environment Defense Association in the 1980s, which works to protect the indigenous population of the Amazon
Indigenous men from the Uru-Your-Vau-Vu tribe of the same region in which Franciscato was bowed and arrowed in an indigenous reservation. Indigenous people and their way of life in the region are threatened from outside
“We are feeling nervous over the many deaths in this Brazil, which no longer respect indigenous rights,” said Enidide Cardozo, friend of Franciscato and co-founder of the Caninde Association.
In tribute to Franciscato, the Foundation said he was described as an ‘excellent, serious and dedicated professional’ who ‘devoted his life to the last second he loved most: the wilderness of Was fighting for the people. ‘
The foundation says that the tribe is ‘facing attacks by land occupiers, miners and hyena that threaten the lives of indigenous people.’
Kaninde has equipped the tribe with a laptop, a high-definition camera, a waterproof camera, a walkie-talkie, and a GPS device.
The leading authority on Brazil’s remaining isolated tribes and former head of FUNAI, Sidney Posuelo, said Bolsonaro had kept his campaign promise to destroy the agency that protected the rights of indigenous peoples.
Posuelo said the government disregarded FUNAI and left it in its isolated positions without the necessary staff for security, as increased land invasions increase the risk of violent clashes.
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