Brazil sees traces of more isolated Amazon tribes

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) — Far more Indian groups than previously thought are surviving in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest isolated from the outside world but they risk extermination at the hands of encroaching loggers and miners, experts said on Wednesday.A study by Funai, the government’s National Indian Foundation, and seen by Reuters estimates that around 67 Indian groups live in complete isolation, up from previous estimates of around 40.”With the rate of destruction in the Amazon, it is amazing there are any isolated people left at all,” said Fiona Watson, campaigns coordinator with Survival International, an advocacy group for tribal peoples.Funai reviewed old and new discoveries of footprints, abandoned huts, and other signs of human life in the thicket of the world’s largest rain forest.”There are still vast unexplored areas and new indications of [Indian groups],” Marcelo dos Santos, head of Funai’s department of isolated Indians, told Reuters.Brazil is likely to have the largest number of uncontacted tribes in the world, Watson said.For complete story visit the link below:

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