BRAZIL: Death at Abunari Two

The scene: a Brazilian government outpost called Abunari Two, on the northern fringes of the Amazon Basin. There, recently, 27 Indians of the Waimiri and Atroari tribes emerged from the jungle. Ostensibly, they came to trade for food and medicine with Gilberto Pinto Figueiredo, an official of FUNAI, the government-run National Indian Foundation, but they were clearly angry about the building of new roads through their tribal lands. They came equipped with bows and arrows decorated with red macaw feathers, a symbol of war. Even after a supply of food and gifts...

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