"Lost Tribe" just really, really out there

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image ap"><span>AP</span></div><span class="caption-text">In this image made available Thursday May 29, 2008, from Survival International, showing &#39;uncontacted Indians&#39; of the Envira, who have never before had any contact with the outside world, photographed during an overflight in May 2008, as they camp in the Terra Indigena Kampa e Isolados do Envira, Acre state, Brazil, close to the border with Peru. &#39;We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,&#39; said uncontacted tribes expert Jos&#233; Carlos dos Reis Meirelles J&#250;nior. &#40;AP Photo &#47; Gleison Miranda, Funai&#41;</span></div>
Tribe was first spoted in 1910
June 24, 2008 7:04:19 AM PDT
The story of the natives "discovered" in Brazil last month isn't so fantastic after all.

The story was pitched by photographers that a lost tribe of previously undiscovered natives had been found and photographed from high above the Brazilian rain forest. Actually, researchers have known about the tribe for nearly a century.

The natives were first found in 1910, but the photographer and agency that released the pictures said they made it seem like it was a lost tribe to dramatize the dangers of the logging industry on the group.

While the term "uncontacted" is often used to describe these Amazonian tribes, multiple experts say that these groups are fully aware of the outside world, but choose to opt out of it.

"The uncontacted people who still remain in the world today are people who have at some point in the past made the conscious decision to avoid direct relationships with the outside world," Conklin said. "It's very common that part of [a] group will decide to flee deeper in the forest to avoid the disease and violence that comes with contacts from outsiders."

Since Spanish conquistadors arrived in the New World, indigenous people have experienced death by either violence or disease that the group had never been exposed to before, anthropologists said.


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