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#1 Thee AP

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:16 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO - Amazon Indians from one of the world's last uncontacted tribes have been photographed from the air, with striking images released on Thursday showing them painted bright red and brandishing bows and arrows.

The photographs of the tribe near the border between Brazil and Peru are rare evidence that such groups exist. A Brazilian official involved in the expedition said many of them are in increasing danger from illegal logging.

"What is happening in this region is a monumental crime against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the 'civilized' ones, treat the world," Jose Carlos Meirelles was quoted as saying in a statement by the Survival International group.

One of the pictures, which can be seen on Survival International's Web site (www.survival-international.org), shows two Indian men covered in bright red pigment poised to fire arrows at the aircraft while another Indian looks on.

Another photo shows about 15 Indians near thatched huts, some of them also preparing to fire arrows at the aircraft.

"The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct," said Stephen Corry, the director of Survival International, which supports tribal people around the world.

Of more than 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide, more than half live in either Brazil or Peru, Survival International says. It says all are in grave danger of being forced off their land, killed and ravaged by new diseases.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24880941/

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Someone should teach those kids to fish.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:20 PM

Yeah, that's really cool. It looks like they're ready to fire their bows up at the airplane that took the pictures? Wild.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:39 PM

it's completely amazing and sad all at the same time. but i'm leaning more towards completely amazing. those pictures are remarkable. what's striking, though, is that their 'village' is in a clearing, which ostensibly would have put them in view of planes flying overhead long before this incident occurred. if that's so, then it would at least suggest they've had an awareness of the world around them for some time, which makes it all the more remarkable that they've still been undisturbed. edit: there are more pictures on msnbc's site. so awesome.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:42 PM

it's completely amazing and sad all at the same time. but i'm leaning more towards completely amazing. those pictures are remarkable.

what's striking, though, is that their 'village' is in a clearing, which ostensibly would have put them in view of planes flying overhead long before this incident occurred. if that's so, then it would at least suggest they've had an awareness of the world around them for some time, which makes it all the more remarkable that they've still been undisturbed.


I was actually thinking the pilot (or photographer) should've tossed a soda bottle out of the plane...

Someone should teach those kids to fish.

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#5 JeffTweedysFatStomach

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:44 PM

I would like to somehow transport myself into the mind of one of those guys, Being John Malkovich-style.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:46 PM

Was that an American plane or an American pilot by chance? If it was & they took up arms against us we should retaliate.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 12:59 PM

Those dudes look like they're thinking, "you bring chickenpox down on us, we'll get WMD's, you assholes."

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:04 PM

I'm all for preserving the rain forest & understand the implications of cutting down acres could have on the entire world. That being said, were I take a wrong turn & end up in this tribe's neck of the woods they would probably roast me over a fire & eat me. Probably use my bones for jewelry. I don't think there is any place for that type of "tribe" in this world & they should be eradicated.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:08 PM

Yeah but there'd be one survivor left who'd come to America and get revenge by opening a casino and getting rich off white guys' addictions.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:12 PM

photoshop is a hell of a piece of software.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:19 PM

I know these aren't the only people on the planet to have such a drastically different, economically poorer way of life than us, but can you imagine the realization that on one hand, had you been born somewhere in the US, you'd have every modern convenience imaginable that must seem like geniune miracles....and on the other hand, being born in the Amazon, your technological advances are limited to the bow and arrow and animal skins? At some point, you know one of them is going realize this......and probably be very angry at whatever deity they might believe in.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:23 PM

who's to say that our lives are any more enjoyable than the one's they have. after all, the 'gift' of western convenience comes at a price

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:23 PM

how can someone estimate that there are more than a hundred uncontacted tribes in the world? do we have any documentation of uncontacted tribes? but this is totally amazing that there are people who have probably never heard of radiohead. do the guys with the bows and arrows actually expect to shoot down the plane?

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:28 PM

it's completely amazing and sad all at the same time. but i'm leaning more towards completely amazing. those pictures are remarkable.

what's striking, though, is that their 'village' is in a clearing, which ostensibly would have put them in view of planes flying overhead long before this incident occurred. if that's so, then it would at least suggest they've had an awareness of the world around them for some time, which makes it all the more remarkable that they've still been undisturbed.

edit: there are more pictures on msnbc's site. so awesome.


Yeah, these picture are all awesome. This was blowing my mind this morning.

The point about the clearing is an interesting one, but its worth noting that the definition of the word "uncontacted" as it pertains to these tribes is probably different than what it sounds like. Many of them have already had some brushes with the modern world, or at least have been made aware of the horrors that have happened to neighboring tribes that were contacted. They probably don't have any clue as to who or where these people are from or the extent of their technology, but they know we're out there and probably not up to any good.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:30 PM

I'm all for preserving the rain forest & understand the implications of cutting down acres could have on the entire world. That being said, were I take a wrong turn & end up in this tribe's neck of the woods they would probably roast me over a fire & eat me. Probably use my bones for jewelry.

I don't think there is any place for that type of "tribe" in this world & they should be eradicated.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:32 PM

huh. this is an odd way to document these people. i'm curious to see what writings will come out of this. interesting how technology can make the anthropological subject almost unaware that he's a subject at all.

the anthropological dystopia on crack. reminds me of:
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:33 PM

are we sure this isn't the set of a new nike commercial?
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#18 Johnny Feathers

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:39 PM

who's to say that our lives are any more enjoyable than the one's they have. after all, the 'gift' of western convenience comes at a price


I wouldn't claim that our lives are BETTER. But on some level you gotta think our modern conveniences must seem pretty miraculous to people who've never even seen anything powered by electricity.

Kind of like rich celebrities claiming that money doesn't buy happiness. That may certainly be true philsophically, but it doesn't stop the poor in many instances going "yeah, well, I'd rather have whatever problems come with luxury than not being able to feed my kids", etc.
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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:42 PM

who's to say that our lives are any more enjoyable than the one's they have. after all, the 'gift' of western convenience comes at a price


i figured someone would say this. but yea, even with its price, i'd be willing to bet, that the average american's life is much more enjoyable than the lives of the tribes folk. constantly having to worry about finding food for survival doesn't sound like a good time.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 01:48 PM

who's to say that our lives are any more enjoyable than the one's they have. after all, the 'gift' of western convenience comes at a price


i figured someone would say this. but yea, even with its price, i'd be willing to bet, that the average american's life is much more enjoyable than the lives of the tribes folk. constantly having to worry about finding food for survival doesn't sound like a good time.


Yup. Anyone that thinks these tribesmen have it better should go try shitting in a hole in the ground w/ no toilet paper EVER & tell me what a gift they have.