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Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe 'Massacred' When Discovered By Gold Minors

Tribe had been in isolation from the outside world

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 12th September 2017 @ 12.28pm
uncontacted amazonian tribe were massacred after they were discovered by gold miners in brazil © press
uncontacted Amazonian tribe were massacred after they were discovered by gold miners in Brazil.

A previously uncontacted Amazonian tribe which has remained totally isolated from the outside world were massacred after they were discovered by gold miners in Brazil.

The tribe had remained uncontacted by the outside westernised world before Brazilian gold miners found them whilst 'collecting eggs'.

According to reports, ten tribe members were killed by the gold miners who later entered a local bar near the border in Columbia and 'bragged' about the killing.

Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, the coordinator at Funai, the National Indian Foundation, told the New York Times: "It was crude bar talk".

“They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them into the river.” Brazil 

ten tribe members were killed by the gold miners after being discovered © press
ten tribe members were killed by the gold miners after being discovered

The Express reports: According to Survival International, the tribe’s small size means this could have wiped out a large proportion of the colony.

The tribe are protected by Funai in Brazil who ensure they remain out of the western world.

They have now issued a complaint to the government, as federal prosecutors launch an investigation into the murder.

The miners, according to Sotto-Maior, claimed in the bar that it was “kill them or be killed.”

the tribe had remained uncontacted by the outside westernised world © press
The tribe had remained uncontacted by the outside westernised world

The Mentawai tribe on the Mentawi Islands, Indonesia and the Oma Valley tribe, Ethiopia are among the most remote tribes in the world. Take a look through the lives of these tribes and their traditional way of life.

The Amazonian tribe remain secluded from the western world thanks to Funai organisation

The investigation is hoping to uncover more evidence of the crime to find out what led to the slaughter of the ten members.

The secluded tribe in the Amazon were first discovered in 1988 by José Carlos Meirelles, an expert in Brazil’s indigenous peoples.

Additional footage was also taken during a BBC flight in 2010, creating many of the images the western world has of them today.

Meirelles has previously explained that the tribe, “use axes, machetes pans, [and] they do know our world but they know very little of it.”

the amazonian tribe remain secluded from the western world thanks to funai organisation © press
The Amazonian tribe remain secluded from the western world thanks to Funai organisation

He also explained: “They never made contact with anyone, we have no idea what language they talk and who they are.”

The Amazonian tribe members killed could have been a large proportion of the colony
Many other indigenous tribes have been discovered in recent years, including the Indonesian Korowai group.

First discovered in 1974, the tribe have recently been pictured in their local environment.

They were once rumoured to have practised cannibalism and voodoo, yet this has died out over the years.

Since the 1990’s, the tribe members even work with local tour operators to create a cash income.

tags: Brazil | Violence

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