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What Do We Know About Last Uncontacted Tribes On Earth?

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The Earth is a big place and most people are still not familiar with a great majority of the countries in each continent. There are a total of 39 countries with what is known as an “advanced economy.” But in some corners of the world, there are still primitive tribes that exist.

There is a debate raging on after an incident occurred on an island off the western coast of India. Is it time to try and integrate isolated tribes into modern society? Many people feel doing such will put them at risk for illness and completely losing their culture and way of life.

Here are a couple of isolated tribes that have had little to no contact with the outside world:

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1. Sentinelese

The name may be familiar because of recent news. Making their home on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal attempts to facilitate communication have been met with deadly force. They’re also believed to have made so little advancement that they cannot produce fire.

It is known that their language varies from other tribes residing in the Andaman Islands. A survey conducted in 2004 from helicopter confirmed that they survived the tsunami originating from Sumatra. It is believed tribe of hunter-gatherers are 250 members strong.

A Mexican-American missionary attempted to contact the tribe to “bring Jesus” to them. After breaking multiple laws that protect the Sentinelese, he was killed by the tribe as a perceived threat.

After such an incident, it is not likely that contact will be attempted anytime soon.

2. Korubo

The Korubo people make their home in the Amazon’s Western Basin. The previous exploration adopted the tribe the nickname “clubbers.” Their preferred weapons are simple, but deadly when used properly: clubs and poison darts.

The first contact was made by the government after their discovery in 1972. Seven census workers lost their lives trying to make contact before peaceful relations were temporarily established in 1997.

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3. Mascho-Piro

In 2011, a tourist visiting the country of Peru unknowingly recorded the closest video to date of the tribe along the Manu River. After the country’s Ministry of Environment released the tourist’s footage publicly, expeditions to make contact were sent out.

When one research expedition ended with a guide mortally wounded from a poison arrow, the government completely banned all contact with the tribe.

The Mascho-Piro have become so far removed from society that the common cold could obliterate them from existence. Mascho-Piro have also gone in search of weapons for self-defense from outsiders encroaching on their living environment.

There are rumors that the tribe has made contact with the surrounding village in an attempt to gather additional food.

4. The Lone Brazilian

The protections in place that cover indigenous people are not simply made as an advisory. Many tribesmen have lost their lives in conflict with outsiders doing wrong.

The Lone Brazilian’s story sets a perfect example of why he and people like him need protections in place.

Said to be the last living member of his tribe, he carries on the language and culture of his now gone people. His people were lost when deforestation and logging led to brutal contact between his tribe and the non-tribal peoples.

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Many reports have been received about him, but multiple dwelling where he lives suggest he never stays in the same place every night, making it hard to locate him. An entire 31-square-mile area is protected by the Brazilian government in an effort to protect The Lone Brazilian.

It is believed that the widespread use of technology may help those in charge of ensuring his protection and survival. Officials make occasional trips into his territory in order to leave helpful supplies and food. Although he’s made no direct contact with others, he’s been known to warn park officials of the pitfalls he’s created to catch wildlife.

Some may not see it as such, but it is of grave importance that the world community seeks to preserve the cultures of each of these isolated tribes. While we may not understand their way of life or their use of resources, they have just as much right to privacy if they so choose.

It should be left up to these individual tribes whether or not they integrate with the rest of modern society.

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