Jun 1, 2008

Isolated Tribe of Amazon

On Friday, the Brazilian government's National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) released some pictures of an isolated Brazilian tribe, that are believed never to have had contact with the outside world. This tribe is located in thick rainforest near the Peruvian border. The pictures show the tribe's members, their skin painted red and black, in a village of huts with thatched roofs.

The head of FUNAI's environmental protection unit responsible for the images, Jose Carlos dos Reis Meirelles, told that the foundation had known of the existence of the tribe for years and many photos had been taken.

"We have been watching this isolated indigenous community for at least 20 years. The idea in revealing the photos was to raise the alarm over the risk threatening them," he said to AFP.


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