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.
The Mashco-Piro, who reside in Manú National Park, are one of only 100 or so uncontacted tribes in the world.
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.
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