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Incredible pictures of one of Earth's last uncontacted tribes firing bows and arrows
Daily Mail ^ | 5/29/08 | Michael Hanlon

Posted on 05/29/2008 2:59:10 PM PDT by LibWhacker

Skin painted bright red, heads partially shaved, arrows drawn back in the longbows and aimed square at the aircraft buzzing overhead. The gesture is unmistakable: Stay Away.

Behind the two men stands another figure, possibly a woman, her stance also seemingly defiant. Her skin painted dark, nearly black.

The apparent aggression shown by these people is quite understandable. For they are members of one of Earth's last uncontacted tribes, who live in the Envira region in the thick rainforest along the Brazilian-Peruvian frontier.

Thought never to have had any contact with the outside world, everything about these people is, and hopefully will remain, a mystery. Enlarge Uncontacted tribe

Painted: In a thick rainforest along the Brazilian-Peruvian border, these tribespeople are thought never to have had any contact with the outside world

Their extraordinary body paint, precisely what they eat (the anthropologists saw evidence of gardens from the air), how they construct their tent-like camp, their language, how their society operates - the life of these Amerindians remains a mystery.

'We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,' said Brazilian uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior. 'This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence.'

Meirelles, who despite once being shot in the shoulder by an arrow fired by another tribe campaigns to protect these peoples, believes this group's numbers are increasing, and pointed out how strong and healthy the people seemed.

But other uncontacted groups in the region, whose homes have been photographed from the air, are in severe danger from illegal logging in Peru and populations are being decimated.

Logging is driving uncontacted tribes over the border and could lead to conflict with the estimated five hundred uncontacted Indians already living on the Brazilian side. Enlarge Uncontacted tribe

The tribespeople are likely to think the plane that took this photgraph is a spirit or large bird

'What is happening in this region [of Peru] is a monumental crime against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the 'civilised' ones, treat the world,' said Meirelles.

It is extraordinary to think that, in 2008, there remain about a hundred groups of people, scattered over the Earth, who know nothing of our world and we nothing of theirs, save a handful of brief encounters.

The uncontacted tribes, which are located in the jungles of South America, New Guinea and a remote and the beautiful and remote North Sentinel island in the Indian Ocean (the inhabitants of which have also responded to attempts at contact with extreme aggression) all have one thing in common - they want to be left alone.

And for good reason. The history of contact, between indigenous tribes and the outside world, has always been an unhappy one.

In our overcrowded world their very future hangs in the balance. Almost all of these tribes are threatened by powerful outsiders who want their land. These outsiders - loggers, miners, cattle ranchers - are often willing to kill the tribespeople to get what they want.

Even where there is no violence, the tribes can be wiped out by diseases like the common cold to which they have no resistance.

According to Miriam Ross of Survival International, which campaigns to protect the world's remaining indigenous peoples, 'These tribes represent the incredible diversity of humankind. Unless we want to condemn yet more of the earth's peoples to extinction, we must respect their choice. Any contact they have with outsiders must happen in their own time and on their own terms.'

As to who these people are, how they live their lives, what language they speak - we know nothing. 'Normally you can tell who tribes are by their language, how they wear their hair, how they adorn their bodies and so on, but in this case the photos don't allow us to get close enough to see,' says Ms Ross.

When anthropologists first overflew the area, they saw women and children in the open and no one appeared to be painted. It was only when the plane returned a few hours later that they saw these individuals covered head-to-toe in red. 'Tribes in the Amazon paint themselves for all kinds of different reasons - one of which includes when they feel threatened or are aggressive,' Ms Ross says.

'And they are almost certain to feel threatened by or aggressive towards a plane, which was where the photos were taken from. They are almost certain not to understand what the plane is - perhaps a spirit or a large bird.

'The jungle is fundamental to their lives and survival. It's their home, their source of food, the source of their culture etc. Without it, they could not exist as a people.'

Contact is usually a disaster for these remote tribespeople, who live a life probably unchanged for more than 10,000 years. Even if the loggers do not shoot them (which they often do) or force them off their land, diseases against which these isolated humans have no resistance typically wipe out half an uncontacted tribe's numbers in a year or two.

Ms Ross added: 'These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist. The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct.'


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KEYWORDS: amazon; brazil; fake; godsgravesglyphs; pictures; primative; tribes; uncivilized; uncontacted
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1 posted on 05/29/2008 2:59:11 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

I remember commenting on this sort of thread years ago that the tribespeople probably think they chased off the big metal bird.


2 posted on 05/29/2008 3:03:56 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: LibWhacker

Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?


3 posted on 05/29/2008 3:04:17 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: LibWhacker
Contact is usually a disaster for these remote tribespeople, who live a life probably unchanged for more than 10,000 years. Even if the loggers do not shoot them (which they often do) or force them off their land, diseases against which these isolated humans have no resistance typically wipe out half an uncontacted tribe's numbers in a year or two.

And keep those busybody missionaries out of there!

5 posted on 05/29/2008 3:06:28 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: LibWhacker
The guy on the right is wearing Nikes. I wonder how much he paid for them?


6 posted on 05/29/2008 3:06:32 PM PDT by shineon
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To: LibWhacker

This is not an “uncontacted tribe.” This is a pilot program, developed to show how everyone but Algore should live in order to save the planet.


7 posted on 05/29/2008 3:06:36 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: LibWhacker

‘We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,’ said Brazilian uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior. ‘This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence.’

So, he’s concerned about these people, yet keeps pestering them with flyovers?


8 posted on 05/29/2008 3:06:49 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: 1rudeboy
"I remember commenting on this sort of thread years ago that the tribespeople probably think they chased off the big metal bird."

At least they recognize the importance of enforcing their borders.

9 posted on 05/29/2008 3:07:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: LibWhacker

Best to send in CPS to take their kids away.


10 posted on 05/29/2008 3:07:44 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: LibWhacker

Quick, send in the Social Workers!


11 posted on 05/29/2008 3:07:59 PM PDT by 43north (I did not leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left me.)
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To: PGR88

Yes, let’s send them some nice missionaries-so they can vary their diet !!


12 posted on 05/29/2008 3:08:04 PM PDT by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: LibWhacker
What channel are they watching on that color tv in their hut?

(just kidding)

13 posted on 05/29/2008 3:08:15 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: LibWhacker

marker


14 posted on 05/29/2008 3:08:34 PM PDT by JDoutrider (No 2nd Amendment... Know Tyranny)
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To: PGR88
Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?

Well, the people who watch Jerry Springer and pro-wrestling believe their lives to be the sum total of existence just like other ignoramuses such as liberals.
15 posted on 05/29/2008 3:08:57 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: 43north

Haha. Beat you.


16 posted on 05/29/2008 3:09:21 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: The Invisible Hand
everything about these people is, and hopefully will remain, a mystery

What unbelievable arrogance....

God I hate liberals....

L

17 posted on 05/29/2008 3:09:56 PM PDT by Lurker (Islam is an insane death cult. Any other aspects are PR, to get them within throat-cutting range.)
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To: PGR88
Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?

We don't know that they are, we just assume it.

18 posted on 05/29/2008 3:10:16 PM PDT by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: SunkenCiv

Here’s an interesting one...


19 posted on 05/29/2008 3:10:16 PM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: JDoutrider

Isn’t that Bear Grylls in the back?


20 posted on 05/29/2008 3:10:35 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: LibWhacker

Hey Michael Hanlon, how do you think these folks are going to feel when they find out their children didn’t have to die from a staff infection?


21 posted on 05/29/2008 3:10:58 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (McCain calls it "radical islamic terrorism," the dems don't refer to it at all)
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To: LibWhacker
Liberals want this for our grandchildren. Primitive, early death, low living standards while they cherry pick for cabana boys and concubines.

Liberalism = industrial feudalism.

22 posted on 05/29/2008 3:11:01 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Party ahead of principles; eventually you'll be selling out anything to anyone for the right price.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

OK then, send them whiskey, Winchesters, and fresh horses!


23 posted on 05/29/2008 3:11:02 PM PDT by 43north (I did not leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left me.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Wonder what’s tipping those arrows.


24 posted on 05/29/2008 3:11:27 PM PDT by txhurl (Hirari, Owari ne" ("It's Over for Hillary, Isn't it?"))
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To: PGR88
Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?

Because of the OTHER tribe.... You know, tweed suits with patched elbows, single malt scotch over ice, fights to the death over funding and their own strange and diverse behaviors in the face of real life.... You know... the anthropologists. No more feral humans, no more need for anthropologists.

/johnny

25 posted on 05/29/2008 3:11:40 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: PGR88

well, historically, contact between ‘primitive’ cultures and ‘cvilization’ usually ends up with the tribe’s being decimated, it not wiped out entirely. So, happier? Maybe not. Better off? Probably.


26 posted on 05/29/2008 3:11:45 PM PDT by kms61
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To: LibWhacker

Uncontacted in this generation in the wilds. They can be contacted when they are shopping in town. 60s hippie commune.


27 posted on 05/29/2008 3:12:24 PM PDT by RightWhale (We see the polygons)
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To: LibWhacker
Straight from Independence Day..."Do not shoot at the spaceships."

"They're using our own smoke signals against us."

28 posted on 05/29/2008 3:12:55 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: LibWhacker

Where is another Margaret Meade to live amongst the natives to see how they “really” live?


29 posted on 05/29/2008 3:13:27 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: LibWhacker

I see a plethora of Obama absentee ballots here.


30 posted on 05/29/2008 3:13:29 PM PDT by weeder
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To: LibWhacker

Looks like a screen capture from a video game to me.


32 posted on 05/29/2008 3:13:41 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: LibWhacker
Skin painted bright red, heads partially shaved,

Rolllll, Tiiiiide, Rollll!

33 posted on 05/29/2008 3:13:47 PM PDT by Crawdad (If you're in a fair fight, your tactics suck.)
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To: LibWhacker
The uncontacted tribes...all have one thing in common - they want to be left alone. And for good reason. The history of contact, between indigenous tribes and the outside world, has always been an unhappy one.

So does he think that they know all about that bad history and that is why they act as they do? Ridiculous.

34 posted on 05/29/2008 3:14:23 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person)
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To: 43north

... if the UN has their way they’ll be sending condoms and free abortions.


35 posted on 05/29/2008 3:14:26 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (The road to hell is paved with the stones of pragmatism.)
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To: CougarGA7

Exactly! They look like followers of Rakanishu from Diablo II!


36 posted on 05/29/2008 3:15:04 PM PDT by BushMeister ("We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: LibWhacker
. . . all have one thing in common - they want to be left alone.

And for good reason. The history of contact, between indigenous tribes and the outside world, has always been an unhappy one.

These have to be the stupidest things ever written. The writer goes to great lengths to say these people have been un-contacted by the outside world. Yet he then says that the reason they want to be left alone is because of the history of contact between tribes like them and the rest of the outside world has always been bad. Well, how do they know the history of contact between tribes like them and the outside world?

37 posted on 05/29/2008 3:15:19 PM PDT by feedback doctor (Dump Henry Brown. I'm behind Katherine Jenerette all the way.)
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To: LibWhacker

Just for fun, they should have thrown down a couple of tasers and filmed the ensuing hilarity.


38 posted on 05/29/2008 3:15:42 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Average White Conservative)
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To: Crawdad

>> Rolllll, Tiiiiide, Rollll!

THAT was good for a belly-laugh!


39 posted on 05/29/2008 3:15:44 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (La Raza hates white folks. And John McCain loves La Raza!)
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To: PGR88
"Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?"

Don't you know? Because all cultures are equal. All religions are equal. All attitudes are equal. All sexual preferences are equal. All governments are equal.

If these people want to paint themselves red and shoot arrows at airplanes, you should let them be. If they want to strap on suicide vests and blow up Israeli children, don't you dare make cartoons of their religious leaders. If they want to be sold into child labor as prostitutes to UN officials in Africa, then what business is it of yours. Who made you, your brother's keeper?

/choking on PC..help...aaggahhaggh

40 posted on 05/29/2008 3:15:53 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: LibWhacker
According to Miriam Ross of Survival International, which campaigns to protect the world's remaining indigenous peoples, 'These tribes represent the incredible diversity of humankind. Unless we want to condemn yet more of the earth's peoples to extinction, we must respect their choice. Any contact they have with outsiders must happen in their own time and on their own terms.'

Nothing quite like the soft bigotry of arrogant elitists that assume the myth of the Noble Savage. They must be morally superior to us because they live such brutish, harsh-- and likely short-- lives.

Don't even think of letting them have that dastardly refrigeration.

Sure, there's nothing wrong with living a simple life. Much to be said for it actually. But to ascribe a moral superiority to lives lived largely in constant desparation devoid of "modern" comforts is just elitist and arrogant. I would note that the people who think these things still seem to go home to their nice comfortable suburban home with central heat and cable TV. ~They~ don't live in a hut and hunt for their next meal.

41 posted on 05/29/2008 3:16:00 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: PGR88

Liberals, especially environmentalists, want the few remaining humans to live like this.

If you follow the ideology behind many of the current environmentalist orthodoxies, the only real solution is a reduction of the human population to a few thousand primitives spread out around the world.


42 posted on 05/29/2008 3:16:21 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: CarrotAndStick

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43 posted on 05/29/2008 3:16:47 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: PGR88
Why is it assumed that people who live primitively, suffer from all diseases in the rain forest and believe they can take down airplanes with arrows are somehow happier living that way?

Exactly. I am always sickened by the Treetard hippies who want to treat these humans like they are an exhibit in a zoo and somehow feel they shouldn't be given the advantages of modern society.

44 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:01 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: ElkGroveDan

[... if the UN has their way they’ll be sending condoms and free abortions.]

And the UN troops can abuse their children. THEN we’ll send in the Social Workers!


45 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:05 PM PDT by 43north (I did not leave the Republican Party; the Republican Party left me.)
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To: LibWhacker

Lucky for them they aren’t members of the FLDS sect, as I imagine their children are ‘in danger’.


46 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:12 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (OVERPRODUCTION......... one of the top five worries for American farmers.)
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To: LibWhacker

Fascinating.


47 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:18 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: BushMeister

Do you have that game. If so, grab a screen shot of them so we can take a look.


48 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:23 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: LibWhacker

Last uncontacted tribe? Just last night I got a call on my cell phone from this tribe. they wanted to know what was the hold up on their pepperoni pizza!


49 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:23 PM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar (Quae Cum Ita Sunt. Since these things are so.))
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To: LibWhacker

The woman seems to be wearing a skin tight body suit. Do they have those in the wilds? Also, she looks surprisingly shapely for a stone age type tribeswoman. I don’t recall many looking like that in all my years of perusing Natl Geographic. It might be Halle Berry in that retro Catwoman outfit.


50 posted on 05/29/2008 3:17:30 PM PDT by Williams
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