Here’s a video of something you don’t see every day: an isolated Amazonian tribe making first contact with the rest of civilization, after fleeing the combined threat of loggers and drug runners.
Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (Funai) released this video of members of the unnamed tribe calling across a river for help, shot on June 30. The tribe had initially made contact with the Ashaninka tribe of Brazil earlier that month, and members of the government agency taped this video of their second encounter, according to the Guardian.
An Ashaninka translator said that the Peruvian tribe was in search of allies, having been attacked by “non-native” people, likely illegal loggers and members of drug cartels. In addition, many of their members had died from diphtheria and the flu — diseases easily contracted by tribes that lack immunity from Western diseases. (The Brazilian government sent a team to treat the remaining tribesmen.)
Watch the video below, courtesy of Funai:
[Image via screenshot]
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