WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Newly released drone footage captured the existence of some members of an isolated tribe in the Brazilian Amazon.
- The video is one of the materials collected during missions of Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) to the Javari Valley.
- The foundation aims to protect isolated tribes from losing their lands to logging industries and landowners.
New footage captured by a drone revealed the existence of Amazon tribe members in the sprawling greenery of the Brazilian Amazon, near the border of Peru.
The video was just published this week, but it was recorded in 2017 as part of the missions of Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) to the Javari Valley.
The hard-to-access area of the southwestern Amazonas state is home to a majority of at least 100 confirmed isolated tribes in the South American nation.
While FUNAI has made contact with eight in the Javari Valley, they say there are still 11 more, as evidenced by handmade axes, canoes crafted out of palm tree trunks, and a huge hut.
The project aiming to protect isolated tribes relied on the local knowledge of the Kanamari tribe.
FUNAI officials and police traveled 110 miles by river and dirt road to get to the region, and then had to walk another 75 miles through the jungle.
The officials also encountered two groups of poachers during the mission and forced them to release wild animals.
Coordinator Vitor Gois declared, “Vigilance and control must be stepped up in the region to… guarantee total possession of the territory for indigenous peoples.”
Another video footage by FUNAI was released just last month, which showed a man believed to be the only survivor of a Brazilian Amazon tribe.
The man is thought to have spent 22 years living alone in the jungle in the state of Rondonia, which borders Bolivia, after his village fell victim to loggers and landowners.
While the video was recorded back in 2011, evidence discovered this year suggests that he is still alive.
This is just one of the many difficult situations that indigenous peoples face, thus alarming specialists of the pressures mounting from agricultural and mining industries who seek to overtake indigenous lands.
According to official data, over 800,000 indigenous people, belonging to 305 groups with 274 languages between them, are currently living in Brazil.
Source: CBS News