Riley Franciscato: Amazon Tribe Expert Killed by Arrow in Attempt to Contact Different Indigenous Groups

According to friends and a police witness, a prominent expert of the Amazon tribes in Brazil was killed by an arrow, which brought him to an indigenous group.

Rieli Franciscato, who was 56 years old, was an officer for the Brazilian government’s indigenous affairs agency Fanai, where he worked to establish reservations to protect the tribes in the country.

Mr Franciscato was hit by an arrow above the heart on Wednesday in the wilderness near the Uru U Vau Vau Reservation in the western state of Rondonia as he headed towards a previously undisturbed indigenous group.

“He wept, shot an arrow from his chest, ran 50 meters and fell lifeless,” a policeman said in an audio clip posted on social media.

The Kaninde Ethno-Environmental Defense Association, which was established in the 1980s, said the group did not have the ability to distinguish between a friend or foe from the outside world.

Gabriel Uchida, a photo journalist from the area, told AFP news agency that the tribe was “a peaceful group” when they were last seen in June.

“At this time, there were only five armed men, a battle group. This means that something must have happened for them to take ‘revenge’, “Mr. Uchida said.

Indigenous peoples in Brazil have faced increasing threats from recent illegal land grabbers, loggers and gold mine invasions, which have been called by far-flung President Zaire to reduce the size of indigenous reservations in the Amazon Embraced by Bolsonaro’s efforts.

The co-founder of the Caninde Association, Evníd Cardozo, said in a statement, “We are shocked at the many deaths in Brazil that no longer respect indigenous rights.”

Sydney Pousuelo, a former head of Funai, said that Mr. Bolsonaro had maligned the agency and left it without the necessary staff for security at its separate positions.

“Pauly was a quiet, methodical, soft-spoken man who knew the dangers well, but he was alone and so he went to ask the police to accompany him,” Mr. Posuelo said, triggering the police presence. Can. Attack.

The Brazilian president did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Additional reporting by Reuters