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Uncontacted tribe spotted in Brazil

Amazon Indians from one of the world's last isolated tribes have been photographed from the air near the border between Brazil and Peru. A Brazilian official involved in the expedition said many of them are in increasing danger.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 29 (Reuters) - Amazon Indians from one
of the world's last uncontacted tribes have been photographed
from the air, with striking images released on Thursday showing
them painted bright red and brandishing bows and arrows.


The photographs of the tribe near the border between Brazil
and Peru are rare evidence that such groups exist. A Brazilian
official involved in the expedition said many of them are in
increasing danger from illegal logging.


"What is happening in this region is a monumental crime
against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further
testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the
'civilized' ones, treat the world," Jose Carlos Meirelles was
quoted as saying in a statement by the Survival International
group.


One of the pictures, which can be seen on Survival
International's Web site (www.survival-international.org),
shows two Indian men covered in bright red pigment poised to
fire arrows at the aircraft while another Indian looks on.


Another photo shows about 15 Indians near thatched huts,
some of them also preparing to fire arrows at the aircraft.


"The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their
territory is protected in accordance with international law.
Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct," said Stephen Corry,
the director of Survival International, which supports tribal
people around the world.


Of more than 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide, more than
half live in either Brazil or Peru, Survival International
says. It says all are in grave danger of being forced off their
land, killed and ravaged by new diseases.
 

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