"Lost" Amazon Tribe Not So Lost After All ...

Remember the "lost" Amazon tribe that got everyone excited? Well, it turns out that the existence of this "undiscovered tribe" had been known for nearly a century, and that the mission to photograph them from the air was poltically motivated:

Survival International, the organisation that released the pictures along with Funai, conceded yesterday that Funai had known about this nomadic tribe for around two decades. It defended the disturbance of the tribe saying that, since the images had been released, it had forced neighbouring Peru to re-examine its logging policy in the border area where the tribe lives, as a result of the international media attention. Activist and former Funai president Sydney Possuelo agreed that – amid threats to their environment and doubt over the existence of such tribes – it was necessary to publish them.

But the revelation that the existence of the tribe was already established will provoke awkward questions over why a decision was made to try to photograph them – a form of contact in itself – in order to make a political point.

Link - Thanks geekazoid and Moshe!


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I know, it's anal, but I just wanted to point out that 20 years is not nearly a century... But stuff like that can really blow things out of proportion.
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I'm brazillian and the journals here noticed that there are many other tribes with no contact. There have been many disputes over land by tribes and farmers. So there are many political reasons to get media attention by this way... anyway I don't think they worth any kind of contact like the photographs.
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So Survival International has known about these people for a long time and has made themselves god/protector over them. Interesting.

How many people who are all gung ho about keeping this tribe in isolation would want the same for us if we were visited by extra-terrestrials who possessed advanced technology and were willing to share it with us?
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