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Rare interaction with isolated Amazon tribe caught on video

Rare Interaction With Amazon Tribe Caught On Video

It's an almost unheard-of encounter - caught on video. A group of "uncontacted" indigenous people came out of the Brazilian-Peruvian forest along the Amazon river and entering a nearby modern community.

That video shows a translator communicating with the young men and giving bananas as gifts.

It's estimated about 77 isolated tribes willingly live in deep within the Brazilian Amazon - the most in the world, according to Survival International. These indigenous are typically very healthy - never having been exposed to modern day ailments. They live off the land - hunting and picking fruit.

And the tribes and supporting organizations take special steps to keep it that way. So, what brought this rare meeting? According to a translator, it was an effort to gain safety from drug traffickers and illegal loggers.

The tribe described an attack during the exchange, according to LiveScience.

"The majority of old people were massacred by non-Indians in Peru, who shot at them with firearms and set fire to the houses of the uncontacted," LiveScience reported. "They say that many old people died, and that they buried three people in one grave. They say that so many people died that they couldn'tbury them all and their corpses were eaten by vultures."

Researchers suspect the main reason for the encounter was to find weapons and allies to help to fight off modern day people who they're surely outgunned by. And unfortunately, as the Telegraph explains, violent attacks are just one of many worrisome issues facing the indigenous. Because they have never been exposed there immune systems aren't equipped to deal with what the modern world would think of as common illness.

So, if one person catches such an illness then goes home to their tribe, not only can that person die but the spreading illness could kill off the entire tribe.

"This is extremely worrying and it seems that neither government is fully prepared for this type of contact. ... Much more needs to be done to train people ... because I think it's going to happen more and more."

However, in a report released by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the group made recommendations to help indigenous people keep their desired isolation.

Some of those recommendations include implementing a health protocol to deal with infected peoples and creating legislation that would keep indigenous territories and its resources unharmed.

There's been no word on what actions the Peruvian government might take, but Brazil has reportedly flown in emergency medical aid. Shortly after the video was taken, the indigenous people retreated back into the forest.

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shcashdan August 02 2014 at 8:56 PM

The facts are fascinating. The writing? Some of the worst journalism I've EVER encountered: misspellings, mismatched verbs, wrong pronouns, missing words -- AOL should be ashamed.

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buddwhyzr August 02 2014 at 9:44 PM

They could teach us volumes about a lot of things we "civilized" people have chosen to forget.

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ram4131 August 02 2014 at 9:25 PM

Amazing these people haven't been seen before this. Its like discovering a time capsule. Modern man will be their downfall no doubt under the guise of "helping" them.

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sedunning August 02 2014 at 9:19 PM

the true cost of drugs affects many people who never touch the stuff. These poor people.....they were just living their lives like they have for hundreds of years. They should be left in peace, not having to deal with drug cartels and loggers.

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ranger197172 sedunning August 03 2014 at 12:46 AM

The govt should give them modern day weapons and teach them how to use them. They would make a great police force against drug traffickers and illegal loggers.

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ngcolby August 02 2014 at 9:51 PM

yep the bad guys are trying to win at the expense of the innocent. Please help them.

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phpoling August 02 2014 at 10:54 PM

Leave Amazon tribes alone and let them live in peace and free.

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quincy_maxwell August 02 2014 at 9:30 PM

Modern man encroaching on these peaceful people. Not unlike we did to the Native Americans in our country. Wiping out some tribes and nearly wiping out many others. How sad we are to allow greed for land and money to guide us.

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GB August 02 2014 at 9:27 PM

What a shame. A virtual 'garden of Eden'. Untouched by modern civilization and all of the ills that go with it. Our greed and our willingness to destroy everything in our path with no remorse, will be our undoing. I'm reminded of the Native Americans and how it must have been for them when the Europeans arrived to destroy Utopia.

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rutch8 GB August 03 2014 at 7:45 AM

yes we should listened to the indians. they knew the land and how to take care of it.

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paganpink GB August 03 2014 at 11:09 AM

Yes, with fairies and unicorns, ahhhhh. Amazing statement. They are often attacked and killed by other tribes for no reason OTHER THEN they are different tribes and it is what they have always done! People are people and fantasy notions of imaginary utopias continue all the way till today, obviously. Read a book for Gods sake and wake up to the real world!

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pboucard50 August 02 2014 at 9:51 PM

Sadly they will be murdered like the other indigenous people.

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Bobby pboucard50 August 02 2014 at 11:28 PM

The Nature Conservancy slaughtered 2 tribes in Brazil to plant seeds to make money for The Disney Company.

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Roseanne Bobby August 03 2014 at 9:51 AM

proof please

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paganpink pboucard50 August 03 2014 at 11:02 AM

They would be assimilated like other indigenous people, not murdered. And if you think being assimilated isn't good and receiving money, food, housing, and free healthcare from the government is good then why do native Americans have the highest rates of alcoholism, diabetes, and almost every other ailment when they live on reservations? They don't have those same problems when they AREN'T tribal members, even though their DNA is the same!

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LewTag August 02 2014 at 8:56 PM

How come no comments here??...I guess these people just do not deserve any interest by us modern ones....and yet they must be god's creation just as we are and deserve the same right too life, liberty and happiness....don't they??????

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