22 Jun '11, 6pm

Brazil confirms existence of new uncontacted Amazon tribe #IYF2011

Brazil confirms existence of new uncontacted Amazon tribe #IYF2011

Brazil confirms existence of new uncontacted Amazon tribe mongabay.com June 22, 2011 The Brazilian government confirmed the existence of a community of uncontacted Amerindians in a protected area near the Peruvian border, reports Funai, Brazil's Indian affairs agency. Funai said the tribe came to the attention of authorities after satellite images revealed three large clearings in the Vale do Javari reservation, which is nearly the size of Portugal and is known to house at least 14 uncontacted tribes. Subsequent airplane fly-overs in April provided more data. Funai estimates the community's population at 200 people who live in four large straw-roofed structures that have been built within the last year. The tribe appears to grow bananas, corn, peanuts, and other crops. Picture of buildings in the newly discovered community. Image courtesy of Funai. Funai says the group lik...

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