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Uncontacted Amazon tribe seen in incredible photos

First Posted: Nov 24, 2016 07:51 PM EST
Incredible photos offer first glimpse of uncontacted Amazon tribe

Photo : Fox News/Guilherme Gnipper Trevisan/Hutukara)

The indigenous people forming an uncontacted tribe discovered in an aerial photo are called the Yanomami. They are estimated to be 100 people. The village is located in Northern Brazil and is close to Venezuelan border.

Tribal advocacy group, Survival International, explained the situation of Yanomami. The 'yano' is the house revealed in the photos. It is a large communal house with several families living. And each square section contains two or more families. There they hang their hammocks, maintain fires and keep food stores.

Survival International further alerted the authorities in a press release that the said area is in danger of being extinguished from illegal gold miners who have brought diseases like malaria to the region. Mercury which is used for gold mining pollutes food and water sources of the tribe. It caused villagers to face serious health crisis.

Fox News reported that Survival International Campaign Director Fiona Watson feared that the indigenous community would be totally wiped out. "We know that this uncontacted group is dangerously close to illegal gold miners, and that the small team dedicated to protecting the territory face stringent budget cuts. Without proper protection, exposure to violence or disease could wipe out this highly vulnerable uncontacted people."

According to Over Sixty, Yanomami are known to have knowledge about botanical use. They use 500 plants for food, medicine and building houses. The source of their food comes from animals they hunt, fish, and crops such as cassava and bananas.

Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a press release that the discovery of the village is a proof that some other uncontacted tribes exist. And that living outside notions of progress and development is possible as these villagers are doing. "They're not savages but complex and contemporary societies whose rights must be respected," he added.

Survival International estimated that 100 uncontacted tribes around the world still exist.

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