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Monkey Blamed for Deadly Havoc in Libya

An attack on a schoolgirl, then 4 days of violence that have left dozens dead, wounded

(Newser) - Three young men turned a pet monkey loose on a schoolgirl, they were then killed in revenge, and now, after four days of violence, nearly two dozen are dead (numbers cited are between 16 and 20 so far) and 50 wounded in a conflict-ridden Libyan city, health officials and activists... More »

Oregon Militia Angers Tribe With New Video

Clip showing occupier looking through relics insults Paiute leaders

(Newser) - The Paiute tribe is really getting fed up with the militia occupying federal land in Oregon. The latest straw came Wednesday when an occupier posted a video showing him rummaging through Paiute artifacts and documents. LaVoy Finicum apparently had good intentions. "We want to make sure these things are... More »

Paiute Tribe Has a Message for Oregon Occupiers

To wit: 'We were here first ... get the hell out'

(Newser) - Ammon Bundy insists his Citizens for Constitutional Freedom is standing up for the little guy—the ranchers he thinks really own the Oregon sanctuary his group is occupying . But the Northern Paiute tribe, which the Washington Post says has hunted and fished on the land now inhabited by the Malheur... More »

Peru to Make First Contact With Remote Amazon Tribe

Mashco Piro has been emerging on its own, a potentially risky move

(Newser) - A tribe that lives deep in the Amazon rainforest is about to get a visit from the government: Peru says it will take the controversial step of making contact with the Mashco Piro, reports Live Science . The government has a hands-off policy when it comes to such tribes because their... More »

4K-Year-Old Home Turns Up in Ohio

Hunter-gatherers apparently lived there during colder months

(Newser) - One tribe lived in Ohio so long ago we don't even have a name for them. Archaeologists recently uncovered one of their 4,000-year-old homes in Lorain County and say it belonged to hunter-gatherers who visited periodically during the fall and winter, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "There'... More »

Isolated Tribe Says Elders Were Murdered

Also, video shows young members' first contact

(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... More »

Isolated Tribe Makes First Contact, Promptly Catches Flu

The 5 men, 2 women all contracted influenza in matter of days

(Newser) - When an isolated tribe emerged from the Amazon in recent weeks and initiated contact with Brazilian scientists in the village of Ashaninka near the Peruvian border, some called the move "potentially tragic" —and, indeed, though they were quickly quarantined for their own safety, all five men and two... More »

Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes First Contact

But move is a risky one for group in Brazil

(Newser) - An Amazon tribe that has managed to remain isolated from the outside world is isolated no more. Members of the unnamed tribe have taken what Science calls the "momentous and potentially tragic step" of approaching a group of Brazilian scientists in the rainforest. (It's believed to be the... More »

Man Finds Lost Mom Living in Amazon Tribe

David Good seeks new life with mother in Venezuela

(Newser) - Imagine reconnecting with your long-lost mother—in a tribe that has no written language, electricity, or medicine. Or word for "love." That's what David Good experienced when he found his mother, Yarima, in the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela, the New York Post reports. He had long claimed... More »

Introducing the 'World's Dullest Culture'

The Baining of Papua New Guinea ban kids from playing

(Newser) - A Papua New Guinea group known to anthropologists as "the dullest people on Earth" do everything they can to discourage children from playing, writes Peter Gray at Psychology Today . The Baining—who have caused at least one frustrated anthropologist to give up studying them—are small-scale farmers almost entirely... More »

Peru Struggles to Shield New 'Lost' Tribe

Rousted by logging and aircraft, members clash violently with outsiders

(Newser) - Peruvian officials are struggling mightily to shield one of the last "lost" tribes of its jungles. Members of the mysterious Mashco-Piro clan have been spotted along the banks of a southeastern jungle river popular with ecotourists. In two instances, tribe members have fired arrows at people in the area,... More »

Drug Smugglers May Have Wiped Out Amazon Tribe

Uncontacted tribe missing after traffickers overrun lands

(Newser) - Authorities in Brazil fear that a "lost" tribe deep in the Amazon has been wiped out after encountering the outside world at its worst. The tribe, which had never previously been contacted by outsiders— and was photographed earlier this year aiming bows and arrows at a plane flying over... More »

'Marrying Out' Thins Native Americans' Ranks

Population loss could lead to loss of federal benefits

(Newser) - More often than not, white people in the US marry other white people and black people marry other black people—but Census data show that more than half of all Native Americans marry non-Native Americans, and that could create problems for tribes down the line. The Eastern Shoshone of Wyoming,... More »

Don't Be Too Impressed: Lost Tribes Not So Lost

Think of lost as a relative term, writes John Gimlette

(Newser) - It's tough not to be sucked in by the newly released images of a thus-far unknown Brazilian tribe. Travel writer John Gimlette, for one, was, but writing for the Telegraph, he can't help but be a wee bit cynical. After all, "it’s hard to believe that these days... More »

Brazil Releases Photos of Endangered Tribe

Illegal logging putting uncontacted tribes at risk, Brazil warns

(Newser) - Brazil has released photographs of a tribe living deep in the Amazon in an effort to draw attention to their plight. Tribespeople who've had virtually no contact with the outside world, some painted with vegetable dye and brandishing bows, are seen looking upwards at a government plane. The tribe lives... More »

Expedition to 'Lost Tribe' Lands Halted

Museum fears operation could threaten Paraguay's Ayoreo

(Newser) - A British expedition to a remote region of Paraguay has been halted to ensure that one of the world's last uncontacted tribes stays that way. The expedition from London's Natural History Museum had planned to search for new species of plants and insects in the Chaco wilderness, but officials feared... More »

Mexican Gangs Move Into US Indian Land

Drug cartels take advantage of overworked cops

(Newser) - Mexican drug gangs have been rapidly expanding their marijuana-growing operations in the US in recent years, especially on Indian reservations. The gangs take advantage of underfunded tribal police departments, large tracts of unused land, and overlapping jurisdictions to set up grows on reservations from California to South Dakota, authorities say.... More »

Writer Wrestles With Visit to Long-Necked Thai Tribe

Overcomes angry tour guides, conscience

(Newser) - Most travel companies refuse to take tourists to Thailand’s Burmese Padaung tribe—whose women wear neck coils that artificially elongate their necks—arguing that the practice is exploitative. But Amit R. Paley, writing for the Washington Post, ultimately found a guide and wrestled down his conscience. "My ability... More »

'Bloodthirsty' New Guinea Tribesman Sues New Yorker

Tribe complains they were wrongly portrayed as murderous rapists and pig thieves

(Newser) - A Papua New Guinea tribesman portrayed as a bloodthirsty, revenge-driven killer in a New Yorker article is seeking payback from the magazine, Forbes reports. A $10 million lawsuit charges that the story wrongly accuses Daniel Wemp and another tribesman of rape and murder when they had only been recounting traditional... More »

Globalization Is Changing Our Brains

(Newser) - Having boogied in 70 countries on all seven continents, Matt Harding concludes that “globalization is forcing our brains to evolve." Known via the Internet for dancing poorly with locals in far-flung locations, Harding argues that our brains were designed for social interaction within a small tribe—but we... More »

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