- Mar 26, 2010
Brasilia - A top expert on isolated Amazon tribes in Brazil was killed by an arrow that struck him in the chest as he approached an indigenous group, friends and a police witness said on Thursday.
Rieli Franciscato, 56, had spent his career as an official in the government's indigenous affairs agency Funai, working to set up reservations to protect Brazil's tribes.
On Wednesday, as he moved close to a hitherto uncontactedindigenous group, he was hit by an arrow above the heart in theforest near the Uru Eu Wau Wau reservation in the westernBrazilian state of Rondonia near the border with Bolivia.
"He cried out, pulled the arrow from his chest, ran 50meters and collapsed, lifeless," a policeman who accompanied theexpedition said in an audio posted on social media.
The Kanindé Ethno-Environmental Defense Association hehelped found in the 1980s said the indigenous group had noability to distinguish between a friend or a foe from the outside world.
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