Friday, May 30, 2008
These are pictures of a tribe in the Brazilian Amazon that have not yet been contacted by the outside world. These are in display at the Survival International website. I never would have thought that there are still un-contacted tribes in the world. There appears to be more than 100+ of these. I stand to be corrected on this one.
My questions would be: what should the outside world do in this case? Should they remain un-contacted? If these tribes are under threat of illegal logging and disease, wouldn't it be to their best if they are to be warned in some way? My take is - since contact is inevitable anyway, it should be done in a very gradual and almost natural process. Not an easy thing to do, but it has to be done. I hope the involved national governments approach this with caution and utmost sensitivity. I think that these times are way better to make contact with un-contacted tribes than say, hundreds of years ago. Case in point is how the Spanish and the English dealt with North American tribes or in a similar case, tribes in the Philippine archipelago.
The photographs accompanying article states:
"Members of one of the world’s last uncontacted tribes have been spotted and photographed from the air near the Brazil-Peru border. The photos were taken during several flights over one of the remotest parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil’s Acre state.
‘We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,’ said uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Júnior. Meirelles works for FUNAI, the Brazilian government’s Indian affairs department. ‘This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence.’ ..."
Read the full article at the Survival International website.