Death of 14-year-old Kaingang leader moves indigenous people


The premature death of a young Kaingang leader from Paraná this week caused shock among indigenous peoples across the country. Angélica Kretã, aged 14, passed away on Thursday (1), of undisclosed causes. Funai and the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples mourned the loss of the young woman.

Despite being still a teenager, Angélica had been active in defending indigenous lands and the environment. A member of a legendary family of Kaingang leaders, she was seen as a kind of natural successor to the work done by her father and grandfather.

His father, Kretã Kaingang, is now executive coordinator of the Association of Indigenous Peoples (Apib) for the Southern Region, Kretã Kaingang. His grandfather was Angelo Kretã, the first indigenous councilor in the history of Brazil, murdered in land conflicts in Mangueirinha, in 1980.

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In a statement, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of the Southern Region (ArpinSul) reported that it is in mourning: “Arpinsul is in mourning together with the youth and family of our great warrior Kretã Kaingang (…). One of his daughters, despite being so young, left us this Thursday, 02/01, and left us all devastated by leaving so soon, so unexpectedly, in such an impactful way.”

“In such a short period of time, Angélica Kretã Kaingang demonstrated so much courage and boldness to defend indigenous peoples and her strength in the movement was admirable”, adds the note.

Funai stated in an official statement that it “deeply regrets the loss and sympathizes with family and friends in this moment of sadness”.


Kretã Kaingang’s family is asking for support to be able to carry out Angélica’s transfer and burial. Anyone who can help can make donations via pix [email protected]

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