The existence of isolated Amazon tribes


Officials from Brazil recently confirmed the existence of approximately 200 Indians who live in the western part of the Amazon, in the absence of any contact with the outside world.

This detached tribe is not "lost" and is not unknown, according to the organization "Survival International" (Survival International) dedicated to the protection of rights of tribal communities around the world. In fact, nearly 2,000 Indians who never had any contact with civilization, presumably reside in the Javari Valley (Javari Valley), where from the air were seen at home tribe.

But the confirmation of the existence of the tribe enough for authoritative experts to check the area and to take measures to protect the life of the tribe.

In 2008, the organization for the protection of the tribal inhabitants of "Survival International", released a photo of another tribe, which has never come into contact with the outside world, situated at the border of Brazil and Peru. Striking images depicting women, the guide arrows on the plane in the sky from which they are photographed.

Indian groups that are not in contact with civilization, is well aware of the outside world, according to a representative of "Survival International" news agency LiveScience. But they decided to live apart, maintaining a traditional way of life in the depths of the Amazonian forests. The latest images show that the inhabitants of a newly discovered tribe engaged in the cultivation of grain, peanuts, bananas and other crops.

Because the tribes are so isolated, contact with the outside world can be extremely dangerous for them. On the official website of the organization "Survival International" ( tells about the tribe Zo’e, no contact with the outside world. When the missionaries initiated attempts to communicate with the people of the tribe in 1987, 45 Indians died from common diseases to which they had never encountered and, thus, to which they do not develop immunity, including the regular flu.

In Peru, half Nahua tribe cut off from civilization died from the disease after being on their land began oil production in the 1980s. Plans for oil in the neighboring areas of Peru are also threatening recently discovered tribe, as noted in his report Fabricio Amorim (Fabricio Amorim) of the Division of Indian tribes in Brazil.

"Among the main threats to the welfare of these tribal groups - is illegal fishing, hunting, logging, mining ore, grazing, missionary activity and drug trafficking" - said Amorim.

Original: LiveScience Translation: M. Potter

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