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.