Unknown group found in Brazil

2011-06-22 08:36

Brasilia - A group of about 200 as-yet-unknown isolated indigenous people has been located in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, near the Peruvian border.

The Brazilian National Foundation of Indians (Funai), a state organisation, said on Tuesday that the group had been located in the Javari river valley by its ethnologists, as they flew over the area in April.

Earlier, satellite images had shown three clearings in the rainforest that held four large huts in which the indigenous people live.

Experts also found areas devoted to growing maize, banana and possibly peanuts, Patricio Amorim, Funai's representative in the Javari valley, told Brazilian news agency Estado. Both these croplands and the huts "are new" and are believed to have been in use "for at most one year".

The finding highlighted the Javari valley's position as the holder of "the greatest concentration of isolated groups in Amazonia and in the world", Amorim said.

He said the physical and cultural integrity of these groups is under threat from non-indigenous people in the area who are active in illegal hunting and fishing, mining and farming, as well as from religious missionaries and drug gangs.

  • Johan van Zyl - 2011-06-22 09:29

    Something as simple as the common cold could wipe out these groups if modern man makes direct contact. They have no resistance to diseases modern man takes for granted.

      CapeTownJunk - 2011-06-22 12:50

      Conversely, this tribe might carry diseases which modern man might have no defences against.

  • theDriver - 2011-06-22 09:30

    after 500 year the missionaries are still selling their superstition to the native Americans?, damn these crooks don't give up!

      Alison B - 2011-06-22 09:41

      @theDriver.strange how you zoned in on the missionaries forgetting the part about the drug gangs and illegal hunting etc.

      theDriver - 2011-06-22 09:58

      Alison> The missionaries and the conquistadors almost wiped out the native American population and single handendly wiped out the entire written history of the Aztecs to promote their own skewed ideology. And I see they are still at it again. The people of the Americas have always chewed coke laden leaves for various reasons, the "drug gangs" are just the by product of the missionaries and the colonialists.

      Barry M - 2011-06-22 13:55

      Not to mention the fact that most of the treasures and religious artefacts of the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs are now the property of the Vatican! There is no denying that Christianity is big business!

  • Jakes - 2011-06-22 09:30

    Well there goes their purity,innocence and sanctity. Now the nasty, ugly and diseased world will interfere and bring illness, germs and political interference. Their world will now change into our world, because we think we know what is right for them. Poor people, I feel sorry for them.

      CapeTownJunk - 2011-06-22 09:52

      I wonder if their language has a word for "patronising". Maybe you could teach them the word and the concept?

      happygolucky - 2011-06-22 10:21

      Well said Jakes...i for one would love to leave this place and join them...a place untouched by modern man...hence, purity

      daaivark - 2011-06-22 13:33

      CTJunk, your earlier comments sort of made sense, but this is just pathetic. Pick a fight with someone being nasty, you jerk.

      CapeTownJunk - 2011-06-22 13:50

      daaivark: Jakes was blathering on about these people as if they are some sort of pure, noble savages. I just think that's a hugely patronising attitude. Why should they suddenly be endowed with "purity, innocence and sanctity" just because they've managed to stay isolated in the jungle for a while? Modern humanity, despite its flaws, has a quality of life far beyond the wildest dreams of these isolated hut-dwellers. Anyone yearning to share their existence would probably be begging to come home to the world of electricity and flush toilets within a week. "Pick a fight with someone being nasty, you jerk" - all I did was call Jakes' view patronising. How's that beam in your eye doing?

  • Richard Townley-Johnson - 2011-06-22 10:24

    This is a much better find than a new species of crab! Wonder what language they speak...

      Barry M - 2011-06-22 13:56

      Mandarin Chinese

  • Joy - 2011-06-23 07:23

    Please don't make direct contact with them, and let them exist in peace - they way they have for hundreds of years.

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