In Amazon city, indigenous chief felled by COVID-19 buried with dance and singing

In Amazon city, indigenous chief felled by COVID-19 buried with dance and singing

Channel NewsAsia - World·2020-05-15 09:32

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manaus

MANAUS, Brazil: He had asked them to sing and dance at his funeral, and that is how they said goodbye to Chief Messias Kokama on Thursday (May 14).

They sang the Brazilian national anthem in Tikuna, one of the 14 indigenous languages spoken in their ramshackle settlement on the outskirts of Manaus where 2,500 descendants of 35 different Amazon tribes live.

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