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Uncontacted Brazilian Tribe On Video

A while ago I wrote a magical realism story about an Amazonian tribe called The Believers who fell prey to the modern world world because they believed everything. I got a whole bunch of emails from people asking where they could learn more about the tribe.

There are numerous uncontacted tribes or isolated peoples around the world, falling prey to modern greed as loggers and big companies invade their space, not to mention tourists paying big bucks to go on human safaris

So anthropologists in Brazil try to protect these tribes and the best way to do that is convince everyone they exist in the first place. Here are the Panoa Indians:

There’s something awe-inspiring at seeing faces who have never seen a plane before, who can have no idea of what goes on in the rest of the world, who considered their way of life to be the only way of life. It makes me think of:

…a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees… had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath… compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.’

Learn more about isolated peoples at Survival International

  • emily

    hiya. i like your choice of “it makes me think of…” (great gatsby, but i’m sure you knew that.) so i found this…

    “This passage is concerned with the mental, imaginative and even spiritual response that Nick believes must have taken place in the men who landed on the shore of North America’s east coast before it was developed.
    The “transitory enchanted moment” is the passing but terrifically important moment when the vision is received and experienced. This vision concerns both the vast potential represented by the continental United States as it stretches, wild, away from the shore as well as the actual future which will take place in this land.
    This is the moment when the possibility of America is seen, for the first time, and planted like a seed in the minds of the men standing there experiencing the vision.
    The moment does not last but the vision does.”

    …as i googled the passage, (because i do things like this on the internet,) and for some reason “be the first to comment” had me share this, first to comment-stylee, and the man who just walked passed my house (i’m on the front porch) just farted as if no one was around to hear it.