22 Jun '11, 1am

New Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Discovered in Brazil

According to the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), a government organization aimed at preserving the rights of the indigenous, researchers first became aware of the possible existence of an uncontacted tribe after finding several small gaps in the forest while reviewing satellite imagery of the Javari Valley in the western Amazon, near Brazil's border with Peru. In April, an overflight examination of the region confirmed the presence a settlement composed of three cleared agricultural areas and four malocas. The expedition coordinator Fabricio Amorim says that confirming such discoveries requires years of careful research, following guidelines geared towards protecting uncontacted tribes. Photo: FUNAI From the flyover photographs, FUNAI has been able to make certain determinations about the mysterious and remote settlement. "The crops as well as the malocas are new, date...

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