Previously Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Emerges From The Rainforest

General view over a part of Amazon river outskirt of Manaus, Amazon region, Brazil.
General view over a part of Amazon river outskirt of Manaus, Amazon region, Brazil. –MAST IRHAM/ EPA

It seems to be a pretty big coincidence that an uncontacted Amazon tribe emerged from the Brazilian rainforest just days before the World Cup Final. Maybe they can sense a Brazilian victory.

On July 2, Survival International, an organization that defends tribal peoples, made the announcement: “A highly vulnerable group of uncontacted Amazon Indians has emerged from the rainforest in Brazil near the Peru border and made contact with a settled indigenous community.’’

Brazil’s Indian Affairs Department, FUNAI, announced the news on July 2 “that the Indians had made contact on Sunday with the Asháninka, who had been reporting their presence for several weeks,’’ according to Survival International.


The Asháninka are Indians who live along the Envira River.

On June 26, Survival warned that this might occur and that the uncontacted tribe may be facing danger “after a dramatic increase in the number of sightings in the Amazon rainforest near the Peru border.’’

“Experts believe that the Indians have fled over the border from Peru in a bid to escape waves of illegal loggers invading their territory. They are now entering the territory of other isolated Indian groups already living on the Brazil side – and some settled communities.’’

Though the tribe did not make human contact until now, Survival did significant research on uncontacted tribes in Peru.

Business Insider said:

Another uncontacted tribe was famously photographed near the Brazil-Peru border in 2008. Images released by Survival International at the time showed men pointing arrows at the plane photographing them. In 2011, a government post that was monitoring the area was overrun by illegal loggers and drug smugglers.’’

As of now, according to Survival, “a medical unit has been flown in to treat possible epidemics of common respiratory and other diseases to which isolated indigenous groups lack immunity.’’

Nixiwaka Yawanawá, an Indian from Brazil’s Acre stated told Survival:

“I am from the same area as they are. It is very worrying that my relatives are at risk of disappearing. It shows the injustice that we face today. They are even more vulnerable because they can’t communicate with the authorities. Both governments must act now to protect and to stop a disaster against my people.’’

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