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In photos: rare glimpse of 'uncontacted' Amazonian tribe

Survival International in Brazil has released several highly rare and detailed images taken from the air of uncontacted Indians.
Feb 1st 2011, 10:52 AM 2,551 0

THE ORGANISATION SURVIVAL International, which campaigns for the rights of tribal people worldwide, has released rare images of an ‘uncontacted’ tribe from the Amazon.

By ‘uncontacted’ the organisation means that the tribe has “no peaceful contact with anyone in the mainstream or dominant society”, and it estimates there around 100 such tribes around the world.

The detailed photographs of Brazilian Indians were taken by Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department.

Survival International says that the tribe is in danger from an “influx of illegal loggers” encroaching on their territory from the Peruvian side of the Brazilian border. This could have the knock-on effect of pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil, where the groups “are likely to come into conflict”, according to Survival.

Survival says that Brazilian authorities have been monitoring the tribe for years to gather evidence of invasion onto their lands. Efforts to photograph the tribe will feature on an episode of BBC’s Human Planet series which is due to air this Thursday evening.

All images courtesy of Survival International:

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