Uncontacted Tribes In Amazon Brazil | In Peril

Evidence of Uncontacted Tribes In Amazon

Footage Released  For the First Time, February 2011

I first learned about this from a client and meant to post it back in Febuary.

This particular tribe is located on the Peru – Brazil border.  It’s amazing that in this day and age that there is actually still indigenous people on the planet.  They must wonder what sort of mysterious metal birds jets are…. Or in this case – what the helicopter was. I wouldn’t be surprised if their eyesight was good enough to spot the people inside the chopper and thought, who are these people of the sky?

What’s an urgent concern is logging companies are getting closer and closer to these people and if they are allowed to continue the pillaging, these people will lose their home and most likely their life as they know it. That would be a shame.

I know what certain people of the western world might think. “What can little ole’ me possibly do?” Or, “big deal, there’s nothing we can do about it. Not my problem”  Or, “who cares? Those people are savages anyway and need to get some clothes on and start shopping at Walzmart.”

Now for some related intellectual commentary:

I read an article back in October 2010 that stated a new species was being discovered every 3 days in the Amazon for the last 10 years. Species like a baldheaded parrot, a blue-fanged tarantula, and bright red catfish. One in 10 species is found in the Amazon. Such a rich source of life doesn’t deserve to be turned into mono-crop bullshit for our endless hunger for cheap meat. (that’s grain crops grown to feed all the cattle that we in turn scarf down).

Yup, cattle ranching is largely responsible for the destruction of the rainforest. We’ve lost 17% of it in the last 50 years.  That is SERIOUSLY effed up.  So again, I ask, how arrogant and/or apathetic are we?  Who are we to think we can keep doing this and be allowed to live on this planet?  This brings up a good argument for going vegetarian.

Breakdown of recorded discoveries from 1999 to 2009:

  • 637 plants
  • 257 fish
  • 216 amphibians
  • 55 reptiles
  • 16 birds
  • 39 mammals

These aren’t all that’s there – just the ones we noticed and not counting all the species we knew about before.

Tying this altogether – don’t you think that if. . .  oh hell, who am I kidding? I mean WHEN we decide to make contact with these people, that once communication barriers are overcome,  they could teach US so much about all the animals and plants in the rapidly disappearing rainforest?  I think from a selfish standpoint, that’s a worthy reason to try to save them.  After all, that’s the sort of argument that might hold water to those in power who see them as a nuisance and just want to take the resources for their own gain.

Read more @ http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/brazilfootage

Survival is launching an urgent campaign calling on the Peruvian government to expel all loggers working illegally on the land of uncontacted Indians in Peru

Oh, and here’s a good 20 minute TED Talk on Indigenous People presented by Wade Davis