Uncontacted Indians deep in the Amazon

Film shows uncontacted Indians on the Brazil-Peru border in never-seen-before detail. It is the first-ever aerial footage of an uncontacted community.

In the depths of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil live tribes who have no contact with the outside world are at risk of extinction from disease and land loss.

Illegal loggers and cattle ranchers are invading their land and bringing disease. They won’t survive unless this stops.

Ms Anderson says: ‘What comes across very powerfully from this amazing footage is how healthy and confident these people appear. I hope they can be left alone – but that will only happen if the loggers are stopped.’

Uncontacted Indians in Brazil, May 2008. Many are under increasing threat from illegal logging over the border in Peru.
Uncontacted Indians in Brazil, May 2008. Many are under increasing threat from illegal logging over the border in Peru. © G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival
Uncontacted Indians in Brazil seen from the air during a Brazilian government expedition, May 2008.
Uncontacted Indians in Brazil seen from the air during a Brazilian government expedition, May 2008. © G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

The footage was filmed by the BBC in collaboration with the Brazilian government, for the new BBC 1 ‘Human Planet’ series. The Brazilian government has authorised Survival to use the footage as part of its campaign. 

Global coverage of the story has already pushed the Peruvian authorities into action – they have announced they will work with Brazil’s Indian Affairs department (FUNAI) to protect the area more effectively.

ÍNDIOS ISOLADA NO ACRE
© G. Miranda/FUNAI/Survival

The Indians’ survival is in jeopardy as an influx of illegal loggers invades the Peru side of the border. Brazilian authorities believe the influx of loggers is pushing isolated Indians from Peru into Brazil, and the two groups are likely to come into conflict.

Survival Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘The very dangerous future for uncontacted tribal peoples should be of worldwide concern. Gillian Anderson’s help here will draw more attention to it – vital if the world is finally going to call a real halt to the centuries of destruction.’

For more information, please go to the website www.survivalinternational.org

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