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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lost tribe found in Amazon

Sulaiman Kamal | 2:38 AM | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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The men fire their bows as the expedition aircraft flies by
A tribe, living in the Amazon rainforest and with no contact with the outside world, has been found in Brazil.
The National Indian Foundation (Funai) - a Brazilian government agency overseeing indigenous peoples - confirmed the existence of this uncontacted tribe after a series of expeditions.
They had used airplanes to observe the group because the country has a policy of not contacting such tribes but working to prevent the invasion of their land to preserve their autonomy.
Funai estimates 68 isolated populations live in the Amazon.
The most recently identified tribe, estimated at around 200 individuals, live in four large, straw-roofed buildings and grow corn, bananas, peanuts and other crops.

Funai said preliminary observation indicated the population likely belongs to the Pano language group - which extends from the Brazilian Amazon into the Peruvian and Bolivian jungle.
The community is near the border with Peru in the massive Vale do Javari reservation.
Funai coordinator for Vale do Javari, Fabricio Amorim, said the region has a constellation of uncontacted peoples considered the largest in the world.
"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."
Oil exploration in the Peruvian Amazon could also destabilize the region, he said.

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