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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Mashco-Piro tribe: Most detailed photos ever taken of uncontacted Indians are released

Survival International has released what it says are the most detailed photographs ever taken of uncontacted Indians, showing a family from the Mashco-Piro tribe in southeast Peru.


Close-up of uncontacted Mashco-Piro in southeast Peru. (D. Cortijo/Survival/uncontactedtribes.org)
The Mashco-Piro, who reside in Manú National Park, are one of only 100 or so uncontacted tribes in the world.

At this time last year, Survival International released aerial photos and footage of a community of uncontacted Indians in Brazil:


A healthy community of uncontacted Indians in Brazil, close to the border with Peru. (Gleison Miranda/FUNAI/www.uncontactedtribes.org )

After remaining out of sight for many years, the Mashco-Piro have been sighted often in recent months, even appearing on the banks of a river environmental tourists like to visit. But a recent incident suggests the tribe still desires to be left alone.

Nicolás “Shaco” Flores, a Matsiguenka Indian, was recently shot by a Mashco-Piro’s arrow near the national park. Flores had left food and gifts for the Indians for the past 20 years.

Uncontacted tribes like the Mashco-Piro might be increasingly coming into view because they are being pushed off their land, either by oil and gas projects or by illegal logging.

In October, an 8-year-old girl from one of the last uncontacted tribes in the Amazon was believed to have been captured by loggers in Brazil, tied to a tree and then burned alive.

Read more about the Mashco-Piro at Uncontacted Tribes.


Uncontacted Mashco-Piro close to the Manú National Park. ( D. Cortijo/Survival/uncontactedtribes.org )

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