Satellite pictures discovered an uncontacted Amazon tribe. The satellite images identified three large tribe clearings in the Amazon. They have been uncontacted by human civilization in a southwestern area near the Peruvian border.
The area consists of about 200 people living in four large, straw-roofed buildings. They appear to be growing corn, bananas, peanuts and other crops. Researchers are studying the uncontacted Amazon tribe from the air and from photos.
Scientific teams don’t want to make direct contact because of the danger that they could pick up diseases from which their bodies aren’t immune. The government agency, known by its Portuguese acronym Funai, uses airplanes to avoid disrupting isolated groups. Brazil has a policy to prevent the invasion of their land to preserve their autonomy.
“The work of identifying and protecting isolated groups is part of Brazilian public policy,” said the Funai coordinator for Vale do Javari, Fabricio Amorim, in a statement. “To confirm something like this takes years of methodical work.”
The region has a constellation of uncontacted peoples considered the largest in the world, said Amorim. In addition to the 14 known groups, Funai has identified through satellite images or land excursions up to eight more tribes. That adds up to a population of about 2,000 individuals in the reservation, Amorim said.
Uncontacted Amazon Tribe - Their culture, and even their survival, is threatened by illegal fishing, hunting, logging and mining in the area, along with deforestation by farmers, missionary activity and drug trafficking along Brazil’s borders, Amorim said. Oil exploration in the Peruvian Amazon could also destabilize the region, he said.
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