Uncontacted Tribe Discovered in Amazon

by Captain Bill

Uncontacted Tribe Discovered in Amazon

An uncontacted tribe of indigenous has been discovered and photographed from the air near the border of Peru and Brazil. The exact location has not been revealed to protect the tribe from unwanted visits. First contact usually results in half the population of the village dieing from diseases, and the complete disruption of their social order and lifestyle.

I examined the photos of the uncontacted tribe on the Survival International web site. One woman is stained black from either the unripe fruit or seed of the wito tree. Three or four of the men have stained their face red with the fruit of the achiote tree. One man has a wooden spear, three of the men have strips of bark or bamboo around their waist and forehead and are holding bows and arrows at the ready.

Three simple thatch roof structures are laid out in a practical orderly system for communal living for 20 or 30 natives, but only half that many are visible. They might be a tribe of the Amahuaca.

Their days as the uncontacted tribe are just about over.

I am curious about the details of their life. Unfortunately so is every other jungle guide in Peru and Brazil. Anthropologists all over the world are trying to figure out how to hook up with the right jungle guide to get there before it is too late.

Uncontacted Tribe Discovered in Amazon

Bill Grimes, Jungle Guide for Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises

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1 Mike Krumboltz June 24, 2008 at 11:31 am

Even in an age when cynical sleuths can hyper-analyze stories for truth and accuracy, the occasional hoax still slips through the cracks. Such was the case with a so-called “lost Amazon tribe.”

A few months ago, mainstream news outlets (including, ahem, Yahoo!) reported that a photographer had found a lost tribe of warriors near the Brazilian-Peruvian border. Photos of the tribe backed up his claim.

As it turns out, the story is only half true. The men in the photo are members of a tribe, but it certainly ain’t “lost.” In fact, as the photographer, José Carlos Meirelles, recently explained, authorities have known about this particular tribe since 1910. The photographer and the agency that released the pictures wanted to make it seem like they were members of a lost tribe in order to call attention to the dangers the logging industry may have on the group.

The photographer recently came clean, and news outlets, perhaps embarrassed at having been taken for a ride, have been slow to pick up the story. Now, the word is starting to spread and articles in the Buzz are picking up steam. Expect a lot more brutal truth in the coming days.

2 Bill June 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm

Hello Mike, Thanks for setting the story straight. Several people have attached the article to emails for me. I appreciate you making the comment. Can you imagine, being “little contacted” since 1910? Still a pretty incredible story.

Bill Grimes

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