According to Brazil’s National Indian Foundation, a never-before-seen uncontacted tribe was recently spotted by a drone in the Amazon. Uncontacted tribes are groups of indigenous people with no known contact with modern civilization. There are more than 100 uncontacted tribes around the world, with more than 60 in Brazil alone. The footage, shot in northwestern Brazil, shows several people walking through a clearing in the jungle. One figure is holding a spear, while the others are walking past unknown structures. None of the people noticed the drone, which flew high above the surrounding trees. The National Indian Foundation, also known as FUNAI, said that its team traveled more than 300 km by boat, motorcycle, truck, and foot to reach the Javary River region, which is home to 19 confirmed tribes. FUNAI stated, “This is the largest quantity of confirmed isolated indigenous peoples in the country.” FUNAI aims to protect Brazil’s indigenous tribes, and the latest discovery is a welcome surprise. According to Survival International, a tribal rights group, FUNAI “is the only government department in the world which is dedicated to the protection of indigenous peoples who have little or no contact with national society and other tribes.”
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1. How was a never-before-seen uncontacted tribe recently spotted in the Amazon?
2. How many uncontacted tribes are in Brazil?
3. What were the people doing in the footage shot in northwestern Brazil?
1. Why do some historians want to find uncontacted tribes? What can we learn from those tribes?
2. Would you like to visit uncontacted tribes? Why?
3. If someone from one of uncontacted tribes wants to live in the modern society, what should we teach him first?