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Friday, May 30, 2008

Saving the "Uncontacted"

Primitive tribesmen in red body paint use arrows to ward off the airplane.

They’re called “uncontacted” tribes and there are about 100 of them left in the world, more than half of them in the dense rainforests of Brazil and Peru. Today a group that fights for protection of the uncontacted tribes – Survival International – released striking photos taken from a plane flying over one of these remote villages.

You can clearly see a couple of tribesmen covered in red paint and pointing their bows and arrows upward at what must be one of the most frightening things they’ve ever seen.

“These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist,” said Survival’s director, Stephen Corey. “The world needs to wake up to this and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they’ll soon be made extinct.”

The danger is extensive logging of the rainforest, driving the tribes from their homes and into territories where they often are killed or decimated by diseases.

“We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,” said Jose Carlos Dos Reis Meirelles Junior. “This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence.”

Some of the tribe's primitive housing near Brazil's border with Peru.

4 comments:

Christine LeFever said...

There's a sign out in front of one of the huts:

No Proselytizers, preachers, canvassers, sales people, politicians or literature. Especially NO Christian missionaries! Thank you.

Christine

Anonymous said...

I am sure there are lots of uncontacted tribes
and we need to spread God's word to them

but still protect them ..

These pictures are awesome
!!

Greg said...

Dear Anonymous ... Unfortunately it has been the indiscriminate spreading of "God's word" to these tribes that through the centuries has led to endless rape, murder, pillaging and genocide. Missionaries may have been well-intended, but History 101 has taught us that what follows has consistently been the most flagrant violations of the teachings of Jesus, the man of peace. No, I say keep the so-called Christians and the missionaries away from these tribes at all costs. Remember, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

Anonymous said...

The dwellings of this tribe look so much like termite tunnels that I have seen. Maybe it's possible they modeled theirs from what they had seen working for another?