For 20 yearsÂ Jose Carlos Meirelles, a member of the Indian Affairs Department in Brazil, has monitored Indian tribes that are thought the world over not to exist. He knows the tribes exist because a picture to him is worth a thousand words.
For decades, Peruvian and Brazilian governments have not fully acknowledged the existence of uncontacted tribes from the Amazon Rain Forest. However,Â Jose Carlos Meirelles has photographs and aÂ video shot from a safe distance to prove otherwise.
Gillian Anderson, an actor, narrates the ominous, haunting, but serene video that shows that undiscovered tribes in the Amazon Rain Forests do exist. The video financed with the efforts of Survival International and the BBC clearly shows tribal people living in their natural environments.
There is evidence of crudely built home for shelter, gardens, rituals, body paint, and hand-crafted weapons used for hunting and defense of the tribe. The members of the tribes peer up at the plane flying high in the sky as if it were aÂ deity.
Now, the governments of Peru and Brazil are taking notice of the existence of uncontacted tribes from the growing pressure and the video byÂ Jose Carlos Meirelles.
Illegal logging in the rain forests is a growing threat to the members of the tribe as it encroaches on their indigenous land.
Furthermore, there is the threat that forced contact by other humans could bring on a dreaded disease of which the Indians have no immunity. A common cold, for example, could be deadly to them.
In the final analysis, uncontacted tribes in the Amazon Rain Forest exist and efforts must be put in place to protect their well-being. They are not a species of animals in the sense of the word; they are human beings.
Now that there is sound proof that uncontacted tribes in the Amazon Rain Forests exist, what will the South American governments do to protect them?
Photo credit: CTV (news photo)
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