When a group of Indians from the Mashco-Piro tribe, one of the world’s most isolated, made contact with people in a village in the region of the Peruvian Amazon, they ordered food, ropes and machetes, according to local authorities.
The tribe of Indians were filmed in June trying to cross a river in southeastern Peru.
Anxious to preserve the health of the natives – whose immune system can not resist illnesses of people living in the village – guards from the region dissuaded the Indians trying to get to the other side of the river.
Saúl Puerta Peña, director of the NGO Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Forest says that the Indians in the video are calling for bananas to feed.
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Members of an Indian tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru’s southeastern Amazon attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.
Authorities are unsure what provoked the three-day encounter but say the Mashco-Piro may be upset by illegal logging in their territory as well as drug smugglers who pass through. Oil and gas exploration also affects the region.
This other video was released by Jornal Hoje.
To the surprise of the explorers who made the video, the Indians suddenly appear in the middle of the woods. They carry bows and arrows and go naked as their ancestors. The group that comprises nine Indians is part of an isolated tribe living in the forest and flee from any contact with the white man.
They were spotted at the time walking from one village to another. The men are warriors. Women take what they collected in the forest and the children.
An Indian woman appears with two children. Freezing the image you can see the head and lower arm. The other hangs back. Note that it is the presence of Funai employee and gives the alarm.
This was the moment of greatest tension in contact. One of the warriors back to see what had happened. It’s hidden behind the foliage and observe the intruders. When he is sure that there is no danger to the whole group disappears in the forest.
The explorers also analyzed the conversation among the Indians at the time they noted the presence of strangers in the woods. “When a child who is in the back of her mother, she freaks out and yells” tapuim “,” it’s the enemy.” The mother looking back screams “Atze”, “let’s go”.