Uncontacted Native American tribe found in the Amazon Jungle. We need to protect their territory and leave them Alone!!!

5 06 2008

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There was a group of indigenous (Native American) people from the Amazon’s rain forest “found” by Brazilian officials.

 

 

 This is worrisome to me, I hope that no one tries to contact them. I know that Brazilian and Venezuelan law have protected territories for them, but those laws are not fully enforced, specially if there is mining or logging to be done.

There is a old story of hundred and maybe thousands of  Yanomamo  Indians (more here) died after a well known group of US anthropologists lived among them for a while.  This happened in Venezuela and Brazil in the 60ties, they later went back in the 80ties. Napoleon Chagnon has written several books about his studies of this group.

There is a lot of controversy about how this happened, whether it was intentional “experiments” or unintentional brought by the scientist or missionaries, the fact is that an measles epidemic killed a great number of them.

There is also written evidence of how Mr. Chagnon used their culture to trick them and to obtain the information he needed, so he pitted them against each other and sparked fights, and then portrayed them as fierce and aggressive people. He also went against their religious beliefs to forward his studies.

Here is the current story:

(AP) One of Brazil’s last uncontacted Indian tribes has been spotted in the far western Amazon jungle near the Peruvian border, the National Indian Foundation said Thursday.

The Indians were sighted in an Ethno-Environmental Protected Area along the Envira River in flights over remote Acre state, said the Brazilian government foundation, known as Funai.

Funai said it photographed “strong and healthy” warriors, six huts and a large planted area. But it was not known to which tribe they belonged, the group said.

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“Four distinct isolated peoples exist in this region, whom we have accompanied for 20 years,” Funai expert Jose Carlos Meirelles Junior said in a statement.

The tribe sighted recently is one of the last not to be contacted by officials. Funai does not make contact with such tribes Indians and prevents invasions of their land to ensure their autonomy, the foundation said.

Survival International said the Indians are in danger from illegal logging in Peru, which is driving tribes over the border and could lead to conflict with the estimated 500 uncontacted Indians now living on the Brazilian side.

There are more than 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide, most of them in Brazil and Peru, the group said in a statement.

“These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist,” Survival director Stephen Corry said.

“The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct.”

Here is the video

 

So finding new uncontacted tribes worries me, because of the history. If we go back to colonization…do I need to say more. Then there is the more recent history that I mentioned above. I hope we don’t feel that we have the “civilized man’s burden” and have to “study” them, bring them “salvation” (religion), or trying to “civilized” them.

The mere contact with outsiders can bring diseases that they have no antibodies to safeguard them. I could imply the destruction and loss of their culture. The have lived okay for hundreds of years without us… lets just leave them alone!!!

 

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9 01 2009
Roger RC Mercer

I think what you said is what’s best. Just leave them be, Because well they have lasted this long alone and have peace between them selves and all that. And they don’t need us to go and try and change all that. But people might try doing that, Because it’s in peoples nature to force somethings onto other people.

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