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A tribe of 200, uncontacted, Indian aboriginals found in Amazon
A satellite spotted some huts in the greens of the Amazon basin, which led researchers to look further to find a large group of uncontacted aboriginals living in the area. Further study led to the fact that they were of local Indian origin.
THE EXISTENCE of 200 uncontacted aboriginals in Amazon rainforest was discovered after they were spotted through a satellite and the news was confirmed by government officials of Brazil. An airplane expedition gathered data in April, which showed that life existed in a southwestern area near the Peruvian border. Taking the lead, researchers, this week, identified three clearings, which further suggested that there were human habitats in those clearing.
Further, four large straw roofed buildings or huts were also spotted. The satellite also discovered that these aboriginals have grown corn, bananas, peanuts and other crops for survival. This tribe resides near the border with Peru in Vale do Javari reservation, which is home to 14 uncontacted aboriginals group.
According to the National Indian Foundation (FUNAI), the initial study of the group revealed that they were of Indian origin, and most probably belonged to pano language group. Anthropologist and FUNAI coordinator Fabrício Amorim also said that, “the Amazon region contains the majority of untouched tribes without any contact with the exterior in the world.”
All the groups living in the Amazon basin are threatened by the illegal fishing, hunting, logging and mining in the area, along with deforestation by farmers, missionary activity and drug trafficking along Brazil's borders. But inspite of all the perils they refuse to leave their way of live and preserve their language and culture. They have also been known to fight legal battle for their land. In 1988 Brazil’s constitution declared that all lands of aboriginals and indigenous people to be handed to them. Owing to that 22 percent of the land, till date, has been turned over to such groups of people.
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