Isolated Tribe Says Elders Were Murdered
Also, video shows young members' first contact
By Jenn Gidman, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2014 9:41 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A video that purports to show footage of first contact with a formerly isolated tribe on the Brazil-Peru border has been released by Brazil's FUNAI agency, along with some disturbing news from tribe members themselves. As had been hinted at in previous reports, some of the younger members say they witnessed horrific attacks on their elders, reportedly at the hands of drug traffickers and illegal loggers, reports Live Science. Experts are pleading for immediate protection to fend off what they see as a possible "genocide," reports tribal rights group Survival International. Contrasting with images in the video of young tribe members trading bananas and hanging out by the water are the tales of death and destruction relayed to an interpreter.

"The majority of old people were massacred by non-Indians in Peru, who shot at them with firearms and set fire to the houses of the uncontacted," he says. So many were killed that they either got buried en masse (sometimes three to a grave) or their corpses were devoured by vultures. "If they don’t make things secure for whoever turns up there, unfortunately we’ll repeat history and we will be jointly responsible for the extermination of these people," says a FUNAI worker. (Several tribe members have reportedly contracted the flu since coming into contact with the modern world.)

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Phil M. Kelley
Aug 1, 2015 7:36 PM CDT
All of you with your noses up in the air in disdain for this "backward" people take a good look in the mirror and you might see how thin this veneer of 'civilization is. Out on the streets of America, we murder each other for senseless motives, rape whenever the urge takes us and mutilate just for the fun of it. All the while we fancy ourselves superior to the overtly brutal ISIS monsters. At least they fancy they know why they do what they do--God is ordering them to do the murder, the rape and the mutilation
Jul 22, 2015 10:34 AM CDT
Most of the comments below confuse me. Sometimes I wish I could go live on an island and forget society. Believe me, we could live without the Internet and modern "culture."
Jul 22, 2015 6:34 AM CDT
A bunch of thieving cavemen. Adios pendejos.