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Uncontacted Tribes

Uncontacted Tribes
An uncontacted tribe lives less than 100 km from Machu Picchu, one of the busiest tourist destinations in the world. More than 70% of the Peruvian Amazon has been carved up into oil concessions, making uncontacted tribes extremely vulnerable to the introduction of diseases. One uncontacted tribe is now believed to be reduced to only one man, known as the Last of his Tribe, who digs holes in the Amazon rain forest to catch animals and fires arrows at anyone who comes near. The Javari Valley indigenous reserve on the border of Brazil and Peru is home to seven contacted peoples and about seven uncontacted Indian groups, and is one of the largest concentrations of isolated peoples in Brazil. When tribes are destroyed, so are their languages and the knowledge contained within them. One linguist has described the loss of a tribal language as being 'worse than a bomb dropped on the Louvre'.

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