Friday, May 30, 2008

The More You Know!

Did you know there are around 100 uncontacted tribes of people on the Earth still today? To me this is comforting news, and contrary to the trends that I see swirling around me... perhaps this is a very American take on the world. Nonetheless, the BBC has some good coverage of photos taken in fly-overs of one such tribe near the border of Brazil and Peru.

Now, you might be asking yourself about how fair it is to call this group, "uncontacted" when we fly over their shelters taking pictures. In a number of the photos you can clearly see the tribsmen and women looking up at the airplane... and possibly shooting arrows at it (doesn't it look like they're aiming bows of some sort in a couple shots?). The photos were taken by a group that monitors this and other similar tribes to try and protect them from encroachment by the outside world. This group in particular is seen as threatened by illegal logging on nearby lands.

I find this whole story a fascinating one to mull over... the overlaps of modernity and antiquity... groups trying to preserve these tribes and their detachment from our modern world... doing so by flying airplanes over head. Hmm, anyway, I thought it was pretty interesting stuff.

h/t Huffington Post.

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