Thursday, July 15, 2010

Uncontacted Tribes

Right, whenever I'm feeling down I prefer indulging myself in lots of thing; sports, working or blogging. That's a big hint.

Anyway... Saw this thing in Nat Geo a while ago, and I was astonished to realize that there are still people within our midst whose existence are not known to science yet.

Awa men hunting in the forest

These people, mostly living in the Amazon rain forest, the islands of Papua New Guinea, Oceanic islands...still live the way their ancestors did several thousand years ago. They hunt and gather food from the forest, run around naked and had never seen a helicopter before. (They call the helicopter :The Giant Bird)

Uncontacted Indians' fishing shelter

Endeavors had been done to try to approach these group of people, but to no avail. Missionaries were sent to them back in the 1800s and got cannibalized. They prefer to stay in the forest and continue their primitive lifestyle. Now, most of area occupied by these group of people are declared as national park, treating them more like animals o.O

Mashco-Piro woman spotted from the air, South East Peru, 2007

To the civilized eyes, however, they are uncivilized, dirty, smelly, evil, filthy...etc..Loggers often massacre the indigenous people, leaving none alive.

Awa men travel down the road cut by loggers.

To an outsider, "an Indian is worse than animals, they are not even good to eat!"

"The Korubo Indians are animals, not human beings. They kill and eat all who enter their lands, including other Indians. Stay away from them if you want to return alive…. I prefer to shoot the savages than let them kill my wife and children.’
Brazilian colonist.

‘You could smell where they [the Jarawa] had stood. They smell so bad, don’t clean themselves. We have to go into the forest for cane and leaves. We take dogs, they go ahead and if they smell Jarawa they come running back.’
Andaman islands colonist, India.

The Cinta Larga Massacre

The Cinta Larga have been victims of horrific violence.

The Amazonian people known as the ‘Cinta Larga’ [‘wide belts’] suffered many vicious and gruesome attacks at the hands of Brazilian rubber tappers between the 1920s and the 1960s. One famous incident, the 1963 ‘massacre of the 11th parallel’, took place in the headwaters of the Aripuanã river where the firm of Arruda, Junqueira & Co was collecting rubber.

The head of the company, Antonio Mascarenhas Junqueira, planned the massacre, deeming the Cinta Larga Indians to be in the way of his commercial activities.

‘These Indians are parasites, they are shameful. It’s time to finish them off, it’s time to eliminate these pests. Let’s liquidate these vagabonds.’

He hired a small plane, from which sticks of dynamite were hurled into a Cinta Larga village below.

Later, some of the killers returned on foot to finish off the survivors – finding a woman breastfeeding her child, they shot the baby’s head off, and then hung her upside down and sliced her in half.

The judge at the trial of one of the accused said, ‘We have never listened to a case where there was so much violence, so much ignominy, egoism and savagery and so little appreciation of human life.’

In 1975 one of the perpetrators, José Duarte de Prado, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, but was pardoned later that year. He declared during the trial, ‘It’s good to kill Indians – they are lazy and treacherous.’

This story clearly tells us that these killers are freaks and should not be sentenced to imprisonment alone, they should be EXECUTED for what stain they inflicted upon humanity!

Moreover, the indigenous people are exposed to diseases when making contact with us. They are not immune to common diseases like flu, Tuberculosis or chicken pox.

This man lost his whole family to disease

Deforestation has forced them to move deeper into the forest, and illegal poaching has depleted them off peccary and other food.

Paraguayan Ayoreo-Totobiegosode group the moment they were contacted for the first time, in 2004.

Upon hearing the sound of tractors, the Indians would immediately flee their home. They know that contact with outsiders often means death.

We thought that the bulldozer could see us. We had planted many crops in the garden (melon, beans, pumpkin and corn) because it was summer time. We thought that the bulldozer had seen our garden and came to eat the fruit – and to eat us too. The bulldozer opened a path up right beside our garden, that’s why we were so scared of it.

Uncontacted Ayoreo abandoned this communal house as a bulldozer came straight towards it.

‘We have always seen airplanes, but we did not know that it was something useful of the cojñone (white people, literally strange people). We also saw long clouds behind the plane which frightened us, because we thought that something might fall on us. When we saw these big planes with this white smoke behind, we thought they were stars.’

"The outsiders are bad men, they abuse us. I prefer to stay in the jungle"
Jarawa Indian, Andaman Island, India

A road divides the Jarawas' land

This is not a fair fight. We have our guns and cannons and sophisticated technology, and they could only fight us with bows and arrows...which reminds me of the movie "Avatar"

Photos of the uncontacted tribe photographed last year in the Brazilian Amazon, near the Peruvian border

Hastily abandoned house of the Rio-Pardo Indians, Brazil

Crossed spears are a common sign used by uncontacted Indians to warn outsiders to stay away

These people are facing extinction, fellas... They are a unique group of people that retain their way of life without interfering with others. They are a direct reflection of who we were several thousand years back. They should be protected and honored, and their rights restored.

The photo that told the world the Sentinelese had survived the 2004 tsunami.

They should be respected and be left alone. Let them continue their tribal war and cannibalism.... Let them choose to be in the forest without internet and electricity and without health facility and transport...

Mr. Parojnai. He succumbed to TB shortly after contact.

After all, we have all of those and yet we're falling short of achieving the joy that they have living alongside Mother Nature...


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  1. believe it =P Ripley's believe it or not

  2. Okay, this is primarily true but there are some things that do need to be addressed.
    1. The things they plant cannot be like melons, corn etc, etc... corn was brought over to the Americas through Europeans. It had not been here before (just like the cow, chicken, horses, and several species of rat). So having a tribe just plant those means that they would have been contacted in the past tehrefore nullifying this article.
    2. If Parjnai succumed to TB he wouldn't look like that anymore. He'd look like maggot food.
    3. Use proper grammar! Saying they 'freaked' is just idiotic.

    1. You idiot. Corn is from THE AMERICAS. It was domesticated somewhere in Mexico probably. Corn = Native American food.

    2. Corn, as well as potato, are from America, mainly Incas and mesoamericans cultures (Maya) are responsibles for the human use of this plants, also coffee, tobacco and others are mainly from America prior european conquer

  3. @Whytepizza , Corn was a grass that was native to the Americas, it was domesticated AND one of the first plants to be drastically changed by humans. It DID NOT come from Europe.

    Your second comment sounds like a spoiled 10 yr old in a video game comment, grow up and learn your facts before opening your mouth.

    1. I think you are just confusing corn and maze,
      Which is an easy mistake to make.

    2. They are the same thing... Corn is probably a form of Maize that has less variation, but they all come from the same plant that was domesticated in Mexico and South America. What are you talking about?

    3. The are the same thing. Only in the USA are maize/mealies referred to as corn

  4. "Let them continue their tribal war and cannibalism." This is the misguided mentality of those who see humans as nothing more than animals. These are people... at least these writers are under no illusion of native people living in an untouched utopia. Those who someday respectfully reach out to these people in love and help them out of their tribal warfare and genocide are doing them a favor.

  5. @Zack - Time to abandon the superiorist/colonialist attittude. There is as much if not more genocide, assault, abuse and self-poisoning happening in so-called civilised society. In the world we NEED the diversity in culture, language, and genetics that is going extinct due to well-meaning, but very misguided attempts at helping out so-called primitive peoples. Leave them be, protect their heritage and celebrate their way of life!



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