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)

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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