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Hard To Know What To Make of This

Amazingly enough, there are still a few remote areas in the world where primitive tribes live without any contact with civilization. What is odd, I think, is that this is widely considered a good thing. There was a news story today about the aerial spotting of such a group in Brazil, near the border with Peru:

One of Brazil’s last uncontacted Indian tribes has been spotted in the far western Amazon jungle near the Peruvian border, the National Indian Foundation said Thursday. The Indians were sighted in an Ethno-Environmental Protected Area along the Envira River in flights over remote Acre state, said the government foundation, known as Funai.

Funai said it photographed “strong and healthy” warriors, six huts and a large planted area. But it was not known to which tribe they belonged, the group said.

This beautiful photo apparently is of the group in question:

It’s interesting, isn’t it, that the governments and NGOs who explore these remote territories and photograph these reclusive people instinctively assume that contact with us would be bad? They evidently believe that these ragtag bands of primitive people would take a turn for the worse if they knew about our culture; our philosophies; our religions; our way of life. At one time, this assumption would have been considered very strange.

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