Living in a precious and precarious “lost world”, one that may be frozen in time as far back as 30,000 years or more, a newly discovered tribe of ancient Amazon natives is living in three huts nestled deep in the Javari Valley, outside of Peru in the Amazon jungle. Such an incredible discovery brings a hushed reverence to my mind, and inexplicably lifts my spirits.
Although we might technically term these people “primitive” by our standards, they could no doubt teach us a great many things, most especially the value of living in peace and harmony with one’s fellow kind. These are people who are NOT making a lifelong sport or political career out of slaughtering their own kind, or their neighbors, generationally. They live in a deep and abiding peace, nestled in their jungle homes, surrounded by their tended crops, a generational peace that modern people around the world can only envy and dream of.
These are perfectly preserved bloodlines of far ancient tribal human beings, who have never had one minute of personal contact with the outside world. We may as well have just discovered a pristine time traveling wormhole into our own past as a species. The tribe is being discreetly monitored by satellite to ensure their safety and that they may remain undisturbed by outsiders. It’s been historically proven that personal contact with such tribes can result in medical catastrophe for them, mainly due to their contracting diseases from us, not the other way around:
Cited: “Most of the un-contacted Indian tribes fall victims to diseases communicated through contact with outsiders. Survival International reported that hunter-gatherer nomadic groups known as “Maku” who dwell in headwaters of the northwest Amazon basin have been hit with a respiratory disease. Around 35 Nukak-Maku have been admitted to San José del Guaviare hospital in the southern Colombian Amazon. Most of the tribe members have been living in refugee camps outside San José since being ousted from their rainforest abode by guerrilla armies.
The tribe emerged from the forests in 1988 and since then half of the tribe members have lost their lives.
Recently Survival International obtained information about the unsuccessful bid by two missionaries – working with the American missionary organization JOCUM (Jovens com uma Missão- Youth with a Mission) – to contact the Hi Merimã Indians in 1995. It is reported that in the 1980s New Tribes Mission contacted the Zo’é tribe, which resulted in about a quarter of the Zo’é dying due to disease in a span of six years.
The tribe numbers about 200 individuals, and may be part of a larger group which might number as many as 2,000 indigenous Amazonian tribes, never contacted by modern men, who still reside in the greater Javari valley.
They are agrarian farmers, their huts closely surrounded by their food crops of corn, peanuts and bananas. What I would give to be a fly on the wall in the lives of these precious people for even one day. It would be a journey back in time and would bring great humility to the soul, to examine how they live, what their children look like, how they hunt, whether they use wild medicines gleaned from the Amazon in healing and ceremony. They represent our own past as a planetary species, and they are still living, undisturbed by wars, riots, the banality of evil and international politics, and the sad and sorry inhumanity of man to his own kind, just as they did thousands of years ago.
There is something about that fact that stuns and exhilarates me spiritually. Below is the article and some other reference materials I found.
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | June 24, 2011 7:01 AM EDT
The Brazilian government has confirmed the existence of about 200 unidentified tribal people in the Amazon rainforest.
Satellite pictures in January revealed this community was living near the border with Peru. A flight expedition over the area in April confirmed that they are about 200 in numbers.
Along with Survival International (Funai), an organization working for tribal people’s rights worldwide, Brazilian authorities found that these people are living in three clearings in the Javari Valley in the western Amazon.
According to Fabricio Amorim, who led Funai’s overflight expedition, illegal fishing, hunting, logging, mining, cattle ranching, missionary actions, drug trafficking and oil exploration on the Peru-Brazil border area are the main threats to the well-being of this community and their dwellings.
Brazil follows a policy not to contact these people, instead monitor their land so that they can live without any risk.
The community and its four straw-roofed huts were spotted in the Javari Valley, which is believed to be hiding around 2000 uncontacted tribes in the world.
Survival International has released the first, clear pictures of this ancient Amazonian tribe, who grow crops, peanuts, bananas, corns and more. Have a look:
- In the News: New Uncontacted Tribe Observed in Amazon (euzicasa.wordpress.com)
- Uncontacted tribe discovered in the Amazon (gadling.com)
- Cut Off From The Civilized World. Another Tribe, Found Near Peru (socyberty.com)
- Uncontacted Tribes : Over one hundred tribes around the world choose to reject contact with outsiders. They are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet. (theboldcorsicanflame.wordpress.com)
- New Uncontacted Group Confirmed in Brazil (wired.com)
- Unknown ancient tribe found Amazon rainforest (mirror.co.uk)
- In Peru, Discovered Prehistoric People! (socyberty.com)
- Peru accused of plotting to allow exploitation of ancient tribe’s land (independent.co.uk)
- Life in a bubble?, a DIY approach to illegal logging, an (jummacommunity.wordpress.com)