• National Geographic Our October 2018 issue brings you across the Amazon basin where settlers, miners, illegal loggers, and drug traffickers threaten the survival of the last 50 to 100 isolated and uncontacted tribes—some 5,000 people in all. We focus on one little known tribe, the Awá. Under siege in eastern Brazil, and on recently contacted people in the remote forests of the southern Peru-Brazil borderlands. We show why the indigenous peoples’ rights group Survival International has called the Awá “Earth’s most threatened tribe.” Only 100 uncontacted Awá still roam as nomads, hunting with bows and arrows, gathering wild honey and nuts. How much longer can they remain apart? Photos by @chamiltonjames.

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  • Our October 2018 issue brings you across the Amazon basin where settlers, miners, illegal loggers, and drug traffickers threaten the survival of the last 50 to 100 isolated and uncontacted tribes—some 5,000 people in all. We focus on one little known tribe, the Awá. Under siege in eastern Brazil, and on recently contacted people in the remote forests of the southern Peru-Brazil borderlands. We show why the indigenous peoples’ rights group Survival International has called the Awá “Earth’s most threatened tribe.” Only 100 uncontacted Awá still roam as nomads, hunting with bows and arrows, gathering wild honey and nuts. How much longer can they remain apart? Photos by @chamiltonjames. https://scontent-frx5-1.cdninstagram.com/vp/ffda6c0a25d05d7f952a63bb7018e826/5BC81BCE/t51.2885-15/e15/p640x640/41384814_238246407091403_5573498089740884337_n.jpg natgeo

    Our October 2018 issue brings you across the Amazon basin where settlers, miners, illegal loggers, and drug traffickers threaten the survival of the last 50 to 100 isolated and uncontacted tribes—some 5,000 people in all. We focus on one little known tribe, the Awá. Under siege in eastern Brazil, and on recently contacted people in the remote forests of the southern Peru-Brazil borderlands. We show why the indigenous peoples’ rights group Survival International has called the Awá “Earth’s most threatened tribe.” Only 100 uncontacted Awá still roam as nomads, hunting with bows and arrows, gathering wild honey and nuts. How much longer can they remain apart? Photos by @chamiltonjames.

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fredocabral - 3 weeks ago

I feel sad for people who genuinely believe this sort of misguided propaganda. Sad because I know that most are actually sincere and good-intentioned to stand up for some sort of cultural preservation of isolated tribes. People need healthcare, schooling, security and jobs to get by and thrive. How can you deny them that? How can you honestly believe that at this stage of modernity and globalisation there is room for preservation as a way of life, especially for those who are simply too fragile and underdeveloped to survive, if not by means of social development and socio-economic participation? There is a completely different agenda at play here. But even some of those who publish this sort of thing seem clueless.

lanceromancer - Lance 3 weeks ago

Sad. Hypocritical to concern yourself over this while you promote mass Muslim invasion of Europe and "diversity" in every ethnic homeland of white peoples though.

moniquethemom - M. Maldonado 🇲🇽🇵🇷 3 weeks ago

We need to simply leave them be. When we try to contact these indigenous people, we bring our diseases that they have no immunity to. I think it’s amazing to still have this way of life, being traditionally lived to this day. Missionaries and researchers of all types really need to think about this before trying to purposely find people who don’t want to be found 💟

anthonyslourenco - Anthony S. Lourenço 3 weeks ago

Brazilian here. If the killing of indigenous tribes shocks you, let me say that we might elect a new president next month who stated we have too much land marked as indigenous reserves and this is preventing the growth of our economy, and that national parks and reserves are in the way of the development of our nation. Some tribes are facing extinction as we speak. Be prepared to see their slaughter while pave our way into "progress".

tpr90 - Tegan 3 weeks ago

I get people saying we should leave them alone but understand too that by highlighting the fact tribes are threatened by settlers, miners, illegal loggers and drug traffickers then there is hope that something can be done to help protect their rights and improve the protection of tribes and right to be left alone. Just ignoring the issue and ‘leaving them be’ is ignoring the problems that they are facing.

chefbee1120 - Bindu Patel 3 weeks ago

This is so heartbreaking and tragic. The whole argument about indigenous people "needing" to be brought into our modern world is diabolical and utterly wrong! Surely it should be the other way around?! Modern technology has made us so incredibly far removed from what we actually were and inside are that we are no longer human. We are poisoning, torturing and destroying the Earth for us, our future generations, NOT to even mention to other living creatures who reside on this planet without a second thought! We, as modern people live lonely, sad and meaningless existences. Our mobile phones and the internet are now our lives. We destroy the environment in which we live, we no longer speak to each other and communicate physically, we no longer help one another. We make irrational and nasty comments online without a second thought...WE, the modern world humans NEED to go back to our roots, to the indigenous people and re-learn HOW to live...If THESE people disappear, surely the hope for humanity, for wildlife, for nature, for our Earth disappears...Then what?!

wallace_ffaria - Wallace Faria 3 weeks ago

I am Brazilian, and the candidate for the presidency leading to the intentions of my country wants the destruction of the indigenous reserves, he wants to take the people from their lands by the name of greed, he is a horrible person and his name is Jair Bolsonaro. international community to intervene and save our nation from this threat.

so.stev - Steve Continanza 3 weeks ago

Deforestation and logging is such a shame. I know the people doing it need the paycheck, but only if they fully understood what was contained within the forests they destroy.

carlos_asa007 - Carlos Sosa Ayala 3 weeks ago

Its called progress my friend. No more dying of a little fever or being killed by infected wounds. Or falling prey of larger chieftans.

ae_los - A 3 weeks ago

Why not let them decide? Give them a taste of modern civilization, they may or may not like it, would be a good experiment

superdyo - Derek 3 weeks ago

My time in the Amazon forever changed me, and I pray this beautiful region is forever protected.

jrobmil - John 3 weeks ago

Isn’t the fact you have these pictures an example of the problem you’re reporting on?