An unknown tribe discovered in Amazonia !

One of the last isolated tribes of Amazonia was discovered in the West of Brazil, not far from the Peruvian border, announced, on Thursday, May 29th, 2008, the Fundação Nacional do Índios (National Foundation of the Indians, FUNAI). The Indians were perceived in a protected zone, near the river Envira, in the State of the Acre, during a flying by plane.

The Indians were perceived in a protected zone, near the river Envira, in the State of Acre, not far from the Peruvian border
The Indians were perceived in a protected zone, near the river Envira, in the State of Acre, not far from the Peruvian border.
(Photo : AP/FUNAI, mai 2008)

"Strong and healthy" warriors, armed their bows towards small Cesna who glanced through them. It is the very first image of a tribe settled on the border of Brazil and Peru, taken by members of the FUNAI, the department of the Indian affairs of Brazil, asked to protect their sanctuary.

The FUNAI tells to have photographed the warriors, six huts and a big cultivated zone. But she does not know to which group they belong.

 

The FUNAI tells to have photographed the warriors, six huts and a cultivated zone
The FUNAI tells to have photographed the warriors, six huts and a cultivated zone. But she does not know to which group they belong.
(Photo : AP/FUNAI, mai 2008)

"There are four peoples in this region, we accompany them for twenty years", declared Jose Carlos Meirelles Junior, an expert of the FUNAI.

For lack of detailed contacts, the ethnic group to whom this group belongs was not clearly identified. Some of their practices were however able to be identified on these photos. So, men reflect the skin in red, and women in black. Besides bows, intended for the hunting, the researchers identified small gardens of culture.

The NGO Survival International considers that these Indians are threatened by the deforestation in Peru, which pushes the other tribes towards Brazil and could lead to conflicts. The NGO calls up to the protection of their territory. "Or, they are threatened with extinction."

 

Survival International considers that these Indians are threatened by the deforestation in Peru
Survival International considers that these Indians are threatened by the deforestation in Peru.
(Photo : AP/FUNAI, mai 2008)

According to the same organization, there would be hundred of these tribes "not contacted" worldwide, mainly in Amazonia, in particular in Peru, but also in the Pacific.

According to the observations of the FUNAI, the size of the tribe recently bare would be in increase. But she underlines that the other similar groups are threatened by the wild orpaillage. The gold-diggers worry by no means about governmental rules of protection of the environments of these tribes.

 

Numerous Amazonian tribes remain still unknown of the modern world, notably in Peru
Numerous Amazonian tribes remain still unknown of the modern world, notably in Peru.
(Photo : AP/FUNAI, mai 2008)

"We decided to make this flying to show their houses, show that they are there, to show that they exist", explains Jose Carlos Meirelles Junior.

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