Survival International has published remarkable snaps of an uncontacted tribe on the border between Brazil and Peru to highlight the plight of such groups which are threatened by illegal logging. One photograph, captured during one of several flights over the area, shows tribal members evidently none too pleased with the fly- …
Should send Paris..
.. in for a week to make a new reality show.
Would make compelling viewing.
"Oh. And the orange one appears to be eating her hair."
Where would it end?
Is it just me...
Or does that look like a screenshot from Diablo II?
@ Frank Bough
One the biggest problems in the world is this perverse attitude of 'human rights' where someone (like yourself) thinks it's ok to impose a different lifestyle on someone else because the former person has made the decision that they'd be better off for it.
Feel free to go and try to persuade them to join modern society - you'd probably end up with an arrow in the eye for your efforts - and if somehow you did manage to convince them after spending a few years learning to communicate with them, perhaps you could think of how they could integrate into our society... get jobs as doctors or nurses maybe, or perhaps an airline pilot. Yep I'm sure they would fit right in. In a few generations they'll probably be doing really well just like the native americans or the australian aboriginals are since we 'liberated' them.
@Pavlovs well trained dog ... Shame, poor buggers
"One of them thar primitives is going to use this as an excuse to invent some evil religion.
Shame for the rest of them
yes, I know, the evil is implied with religion.."
Exactly! <refrains from a sarcastic 'amen'> .. so how do we inform the er.. brainwashed masses about the control mechanism/sham/evil/lies that are organized religions?
Its not like you can just "show them" that would be just another 'scandal'.
There has to be some way of getting these sheeple to wakeup and think for themselves!
I'd say go to TED.com and check out Richard Dawkins .. what a great guy, and funny too!
I go one god farther.
The outside world is going to kill most of them... sooner or later.
Any outside contact will introduce them to the diseases we have learned to live with (we are the descendants of the ones that didn't die from things like the blackdeath etc.).
The only question is when, now or later :(
Still I don't go for that noble savage crap either, not being a racist, I expect them to be just like us...clever people, stupid people, good people, bad people.
The disease issue doesn't stop communications being made it just makes it more difficult.
Just explaining germ theory and advising them on first aid, health issues and providing them with basic medication could save them from a lot of suffering.
Education and warnings of their predicament are something that we owe them and the least we can do is to help forewarn them.
Doing nothing is not an option as the first loggers to meet them will destroy them.
They are adults, in a sometimes harsh world and need to be treated as such.
@ Neil who @ed Frank Bough
How do you arrive at the idea that they dcided to live that lifestyle ? They're trapped a-la-The Prisoner
Anyway, surely inbreding should have killed them off/given them wings or something ? No, oh in that case they are not the 'uncontacted' ones.
You will die. There's NOTHING that will stop it happening.
It's likely that you will have no descendants within five generations.
But we still don't like the idea of popping round your home and killing you and your family.
People get quite annoyed with people who do that.
So maybe we should refrain from interfering with people like this too.
Or give your address up here and if it's within a cheapday return...
Inbreeding is a funny thing. To begin with it causes all the dodgy recessives to express themselves, reducing the viability of the tribe, then after a few generations of genetic disasters failing to breed the one's that actually have bred have a very low level of problematic recessives, with the results that inbreeding ceases to be a problem.
Also I read somewhere (can't remember where) that a group of about 80 have enough genetic diversity to sustain itself indefinitely.
So they could very well be uncontacted.
Let's step back a moment here. The most essential right of human kind is the right to be let alone. A little less cultural arrogance in the some of the comments to this story would be well taken. "We" are not "better" than "them."
"for us to deny these people the benefits of modern society"
OK, people already flamed that one to death. Lots of ignorance going around, but that's fine.
The official gov organ that deals with indigenous peoples here in Brazil (I'm here on vacation visiting my folks and this has been all over the news for a few days) estimates that there are some 65 uncontacted groups, 24 of which are "confirmed" -- whatever they mean by that. Sometime a few months ago another isolated group, dying of diseases apparently transmitted by sporadic contact with loggers and miners, cautiously approached some other, accultured natives and asked for help. A crude recording of their chantings was quite popular on the Brazilian intertubes those days, you might have heard of it.
Now, that does NOT mean they don't know about our existence. It appears like most of them, if not all, do. They have indirect contact with "civilization", through other, more friendly (to us) tribes. They get knives and matches through them, sometimes. But they run away from "white" man, they do not want to mix with us (for whatever reason). They will kill any stranger, non-native they find in their territory (and Brazilian law does not apply to them if they are not "accultured", therefore they can do it freely). They *have* chosen to be alone. They are hostile, the more "accultured" indians call them "índio brabo" (angry indian).
And don't worry about the airplane scare. They sure can't "explain" it in our terms, but they know it's our stuff and don't want it to get close.
Let them just do as they please before the inevitable extermination, methinks.
(and to whomever is complaining about the quality of the images: have you tried taking pictures from a small, shaking airplane with a tele?)
Hmmm, sounds like the loggers will be using the old merkin standard native pacification trick of discarded clothing plus a few unwanted extra germs viruses added for a good measure !
The future's bright, the future's orange ...
When the oil runs out these folks will be doing what they've always done and doing it well.
Whereas we'll be running about trying to work out which way 'round to hold a bow and trying to find cave walls big enough to hold lengthy collections of comments on the picture at the top.
On that note, what will their archaeologists make of the various nob drawings they find on the few remaining bus shelters?
Might I suggest.
"This is clearly a shrine to a phallic god.
We think it was common to make an offering of a substance called Stella.
It would seem the ritual involved consuming the mind altering substance to initiate a state of altered-consciousness and then making a symbolic transferral of the bender's* inner state to the external which was achieved by pissing all over the shrine and then having a fight to decide who gets to have sex with the various priestesses in attendance.
We can only guess at these conclusions as no records of the peak of this civilisation have survived through the ages - indeed we believe that during the break-down of this civilisation there was some degeneration of literacy and the population abandoned the pursuit of knowledge and became obsessed with shiny metal discs instead.
* We believe that the high-priests were referred to as benders as evidenced by the prolific occurrence of phrases such as 'Jay is a bender' on these shrines"
Hmm interesting - you did read more than the title didn't you?
>You will die. There's NOTHING that will stop it happening.
>It's likely that you will have no descendants within five generations.
Not me I am going to give living forever a try.
>But we still don't like the idea of popping round your home and killing you and your family.
You are a great humanitarian, and that is a sentiment I heartily agree with.
>People get quite annoyed with people who do that.
>So maybe we should refrain from interfering with people like this too.
Logic and reasoned augment not one of your strong points are they?
>Or give your address up here and if it's within a cheapday return...
I am thinking of contacting the police regarding that remark as it looks like it could be that you are threatening to kill me.
The Register has your IP and email so hopefully they will reach your address before you leave.
Paris Icon as even she knows that threatening people on the internet is likely to get you into a bit of trouble...
Of course if you really are 12 and a 1/2 as you appear to be judging by your post, I am sure the police will take that into account.
Papua New Guinea
There's no need to speculate - just look at Papua New Guinea. Three years ago I was in an area where "contact" had still not been made in the 40s. I met a man whose grandfather was alive at the time. When they saw planes flying overhead during WW2 they thought they were birds (what else could they be?). What happens after "contact" is well-documented.
So why do you bother putting a suit and tie on everyday?
Who's to say that the red paint isn't their uniform for hunters? Maybe the red is actually some mud from the river which helps stop the insects biting them? It could all be perfectly logical.
Personally I find some of the views here a little worrying. Who are we to impose our so-called advances on them? You're judging them using our standards and beliefs, they are a completely different culture.
Sit back and look at what our so called culture has given us... 1001 excellent ways to kill people and things including the planet. How nice.
"Sit back and look at what our so called culture has given us... 1001 excellent ways to kill people and things including the planet. How nice."
Well, a couple of the things it's given us are greatly reduced neonatal death tolls (for both mothers and babies) and much higher survival rates for common childhood diseases. And yes, I for one think that is kind of nice, particularly as those who stand to benefit are the ones least likely to be given any damned choice in the matter...
This particular vulture copped it as a result of a minor complication of egg-laying which could have been prevented by a relatively simple, low-tech, non-intrusive medical intervention by the way...
@Papua New Guinea
Absolutely! Why should these people be subjected to being belittled by Boris Johnson?
exam room conditions, quiet please, no mobile phones
So lets see, compare and contrast the following situations in no more than 500 words, all answers to be written on answer sheet only, show working:
Living in a rain forest in a small close-knit tribal community. You're living hand-to-mouth. Accomodation sorted because you've built it out of sticks, when it breaks get more sticks. When you're not hunting to support the family you get to sit round with the rest of the tribe and tell stories for hours. Eat, sleep, reproduce.
Slogging it out 9 to 5, fighting to afford petrol to put in your car. Struggling to squeeze your car through the traffic. Worried about the interest rate on the mortgage on your property which might need some work which a plumber will no doubt charge you an arm and a leg for and still do a shoddy job. Concerned about the cost of food in the supermarket and what exactly the manufacturers have injected into it to 'beef it up a bit'. Fears over increasingly far reaching CCTV survellience and public order legislation.
Who is more advanced?
ClubMed Jungle Village?
We do I join up?
I'd look good in red.
@ Frank Bough
You must be a Yank, you automatically think everyone wants to live by your standards.
Leave them alone
The reason I think they should be left alone is because these people are ammuned to their habitat and if they did come out into the world, they would die.. Just like the last indians that before lived on the island I live now.. I mean obviously they are no threat to us, we didnt know they even existed! Leave them alone and let them live the way they are.. This is all they know, this is all they ever lived, having the things and medical care we have isnt something they know, they know their own medicine and health problems, sure some die, but all the rest of our races die too.. So using an excuse to go into their land to save their lives is bull... we would kill them with diseases they would have never have gotten if we left them alone...