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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