Brazil Releases Photos of Endangered Tribe

Illegal logging putting uncontacted tribes at risk, Brazil warns
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 5:56 AM CST

(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 near the Brazil-Peru border, and Brazil warns that illegal logging on the Peruvian side is forcing indigenous people to flee across the border, the Telegraph reports.

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Brazil estimates that there are 67 tribes in the Amazon who have little to no contact with the outside world. Campaigners warn that some of them will face extinction if illegal logging is not stopped. "It is necessary to reaffirm that these peoples exist, so we support the use of images that prove these facts," a director of an Amazon Indian organization says. "These peoples have had their most fundamental rights, particularly their right to life, ignored—it is therefore crucial that we protect them." (Read more Brazil stories.)

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