A glimpse of the untouched

Raising awareness with unique photos of uncontacted Brazilian indians, some of the last in the world, Survival International aims to combat the impending threats the tribes face.

When you look back 500 years in Brazilian history, the picture you see is the one of a group of Europeans arriving at a land where native tribes inhabited. The Portuguese explorers were shocked, at that time, by the fact there were still people living completely isolated from what they considered to be society.

But would it shock us to know that, to this very day, somewhere in the vast territory of Brazil, hidden among the trees of the dense forest, entire communities live their lives completely unaware of the existence of a world the way we know it?

On Thursday 3rd February, the BBC1 series Human Planet will reveal images of the most recent discovery of an uncontacted group of Brazilian Indians. Rather tragically, the survival of this and many other tribes is at risk due to illegal loggers that pay no regard to the protected area signs and limitations and invade the jungle, forcing many native communities to leave their land.

Survival International, together with other NGOs and the Brazilian Indian Affairs Department, have been campaigning for years in order to get support from other governments, such as that of Peru, to try to contain the illegal logging.

Stephen Corry, Survival’s director, said this week that it is imperative that Peru takes immediate action. “What they need from us is their territory protected, so that they can make their own choices about their future. But this area is now at real risk, and if the wave of illegal logging isn’t stopped fast, their future will be taken out of their hands. This isn’t just a possibility: it’s irrefutable history, rewritten on the graves of countless tribes for the last five centuries”, explained Corry.

In order to mobilise Peruvian president Alan García, Survival has launched a petition online, and if  you would like to support it then visit the link below and help spread the word.



By Zaira Brilhante

Photo: © Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/Survival.

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