Isolated Tribes in the Amazon


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Can you imagine living in a world with no technology, no books, and no money? Not having any connection to the outside world and living with the same small group of people your entire life? To us born in a society where you are surrounded by technology it’s hard to believe that people are still living such a primitive lifestyle, but to the isolated Indians in the deep rain forest of South America, it is the only life they know.

Since the Spanish and Portuguese first arrived in South America the amount of tribes in the rainforest have nearly been brought down to zero but some tribes in extreme isolation have managed to survive to this day. After Columbus discovered the America’s, disease, slavery and war killed millions of native South Americans, while populations of immigrants from the Europe and Africa rose substantially through the next few centuries. Unfortunately more recently illegal logging and drug smuggling still threatens the tribes’ native way of life. However it’s just criminals disrupting the native tribes’ ways of life. American economic interests are also pushing native people out of lands in hopes of discovering oil in the region. Even if the tribes are lucky enough to keep their homes, they still have a major risk of illness due to the fact that their immune systems are highly vulnerable to germs other humans carry.

In fact a group of Native South Americans belonging to the Mashco-Piro clan came down from their homes most likely to ask the for help fighting off people trying to invade there land who were most likely illegal loggers or drug smugglers but since they have there own language it was hard for the locals to translate exactly what they were saying. They asked the local Yine people for bananas, rope and machetes. A Fenamad rangers managed to get it on tape and even had a shot of a native flexing his bow during a moment of tension Brazilian and Peruvian law prohibits physical contact with the uncontacted tribes, Peru having 15 and Brazil 67. The main reason is because of their highly vulnerable immune systems and to conserve there traditional way of life. It is amazing that even with globalization there are still people living completely off the grid and have never even seen something as simple as a mirror, but they seem completely content and happy with there lifestyles and it really shows that you don’t need material things to be happy.

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