Photographs by Ricardo Stuckert have emerged of a tribe from the Amazonian rainforest that has had no contact with the outside world.
It was purely by chance that he managed to photograph the elusive tribe. Experts suspect that they are living as their ancestors did 20,000 years ago.
It is thought that it is the same tribe that was photographed, also from the air, back in 2008 and 2010. If this is the same tribe, then they have moved since the first photographs were taken and appear to be nomadic.
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The tribesmen wear very little clothing but do wear red body paint which could be for camouflage. The people look very healthy and seemed more curious than afraid of the helicopter above them. Crops of corn, manioc, and bananas can be seen growing in the clearing.
There are simple low huts, built with a single entrance. Experts believe, based on the photographs taken, that the settlement could house up to 100 people. They are armed with handmade bows and spears and attempted to fire on the helicopter.
The discovery of such people is very exciting, and it’s important that they stay isolated from the modern world. Brazil enforces a ‘no contact policy’ towards such indigenous tribes, but their way of life is often threatened by loggers illegally logging the rainforest, Mail Online reported.
It is believed that over 100 different tribes are living in the Amazon rainforest on the Brazilian borders of Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. The areas they live in are slowly, but surely, being eroded away.
Since they haven’t had contact with people from the modern world, they are at risk of becoming infected by things such as the common cold or even worse viruses. This has been documented time and time again as many indigenous peoples have perished or had their numbers reduced significantly.
It is a fine balancing act for the governments who are charged with their protection. Pressure comes from many areas for not only is the preservation of such peoples their duty but so too is the economic well-being of their countries as a whole.
Even though the people who have flown over them have not had direct contact, just their presence will be making an impact on the tribe’s culture and life. For the scientists and photographers that work in the Amazon rainforest, it is an exciting but, equally, frustrating discovery.