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The notion that any society has survived the onslaught of plugged-in, media-saturated globalization without making contact with industrial civilization is tantalizing -- it's why the story of the 'uncontacted' tribe colliding with modern society has been an enduring popular narrative. But it looks as if those narratives can still be founded in reality, even in the modern era -- the BBC has just released film footage that captures one such tribe, that hasn't been contacted by the outside world. And a growing movement of conservationists hope to use the footage to protect the tribe's home from encroaching loggers -- who have already begun cutting into the unidentified people's home.Here's the footage:
A stir was made over two years ago, when photos of the tribe surfaced -- along with stories of the people shooting arrows at the airplane flying overhead. Many alleged then that the photos were a hoax, some claimed it was an attempt by environmentalists to prevent logging.
But the pictures have been vindicated -- the BBC flew along with Survival International advocates in a plane over the tribes' home, and were able to capture high-quality photos with a telescopic lens. The tribe had lived in a region just between the border of Peru and Brazil, when illegal logging operations on the Peruvian side forced them to flee. They now dwell in a region of the Amazon in Eastern Brazil, though their home is still thought to be in danger.
Which, of course, is the impetus for the photo expedition. Survival International decided it was time for the South American nations' governments to start paying attention to the fact that one of the world's last remaining uncontacted tribes was in peril -- the Peruvian government has for years denied their existence, and pushed on with oil exploration and mining operations in the region. Now, the proof is indisputable, but the question remains: Will governments take the necessary action to prevent the logging, mining, and deforestation that endangers the tribe?
Head over to Survival International to help ensure that they do.
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