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Experts believe there are still hundreds of mysterious undiscovered tribes living in the Amazon region. This picture was released in 2008 by the Brazilian Indian Protection Foundation (FUNAI) to prove existence of the tribes.Source:AFP

IN THE heart of the Amazon there are still hundreds of mysterious uncontacted tribes living their lives completely oblivious to the modern world.

In one recent example of their sheer isolation, the last surviving member of one tribe was filmed after more than two decades of living completely alone in the jungle.


He is the only survivor of an uncontacted tribe whose six other members were killed by land grabbers and farmers.

The uncontacted tribes live in extreme isolation in the forest and are rarely filmed.

Over the years their fear of the encroaching world has led to them to develop a fear of contact with outsiders.

They often fire their bows and arrows at helicopters or planes that make contact with them.

A 2008 photo showing members of a recently discovered indigenous tribe, with their bodies painted in bright red staring at the aircraft from which the pictures were taken, in the Amazon region in the Brazilian-Peruvian border. Picture: Brazilian Indian Protection FoundationSource:AFP


Uncontacted tribes are people who have no contact with anyone in mainstream society and are made up of entire tribes or smaller groups of tribes.

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They have developed ways of lives that are entirely self-sufficient.

Some are nomadic hunter-gatherers constantly on the move who are able to build a home within hours and abandon it days later, says Survival International, which campaigns on behalf of indigenous people.

Others are more settled, living in communal houses and planting crops in forest clearings as well as hunting and fishing.


There are at least 100 uncontacted tribes living in Brazil alone and experts believe they number up to 3000.

Other groups of uncontacted tribes also can be found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and northern Paraguay.

In the Brazilian state of Acre there could be as many as 600 tribespeople, belonging to four different groups, who live in relative tranquillity.

Others such as the Kawahiva, whose land is under threat from loggers, teeter on the edge of extinction with no more than a handful left.

Images offering insight into the lives of the Huaorani people in the Ecuadorian Amazon have been revealed showing how they use traditional methods to hunt monkeys for food. Picture: Pete OxfordSource:australscope

In this 2011 video frame released by Brazil's National Indian Foundation, an uncontacted indigenous man is seen amid the forest, in Rondonia, Brazil. He appeared to have lived alone in Brazil's Amazon for 22 years.Source:AP


Amazonian tribes have belief system sees the rainforest as the home of spiritual life, with every flower, plant and animal containing its own spirits.

Many perform rituals using hallucinogenic drugs prepared from the bark of the virola tree to see the spirits.


Despite being described as uncontacted people, such groups do in fact all have a history of contact, whether from past exploitation or simply seeing a plane or helicopter flying overhead.

Many simply wish to be left alone while others have fled into hiding many years ago after violent encounters with the outside world.

Their way of life has been threatened by incursions on to their land from mining, logging, cattle ranching, cocaine trafficking and missionary activity.

Kim Hill, an anthropologist at Arizona State University, has interviewed tribespeople who have come out of isolation.

He says they are interested in making contact but fear drives their decision to lead isolated ways of life.

“People have this romanticised view that isolated tribes have chosen to keep away from the modern, evil world,” he told the BBC.

Uncontacted Yanomami yano (communal house) in the Brazilian Amazon. Picture: Guilherme Gnipper TrevisanSource:Supplied


According to Survival International “time and time again, contact has resulted in disaster for Brazil’s uncontacted tribes”.

Given their isolation they are not able to build up immunity to diseases common elsewhere.

It is not unusual for half of a tribe to be wiped out within a year of first contact by diseases such as measles and influenza.

The Matis tribe population fell by half following contact, when both young and old died from introduced diseases.

As well as disease, coming into contact with the outside often results in violence.

For example 10 members of a remote Amazonian tribe were hacked to death by ruthless gold miners out to seize their land last year, reported Sun Online.

Prosecutors alleged the killers went into a bar and bragged about what they had done.


Up until the 1980s the Brazilian government tried to establish peaceful contact with uncontacted tribes.

The aim was often to assimilate them into mainstream society and metal tools were often used as a means of luring them from their areas.

But this often led to violence and disease outbreaks among the tribespeople.

Undetected tribes living in Brazil do so under the protection of a government agency, FUNAI.

FUNAI avoids contact with the tribes in a bid to ensure disease is not spread so they able to continue with their life without fear.

But Robert Walker, an anthropologist at the University of Missouri, argues non-contact is untenable.

“Everywhere you look, there are these pressures from mining, logging, narcotrafficking and other external threats,” he said.

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“My worry is that if we have this ‘leave-them-alone’ strategy, at the end of the day the external threats will win. People will just go extinct.”

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Uncontacted tribes of the Amazon

Amazon Tribes Information

The Matsés Indians (generally referred to asMayorunas in Brazil) are commonly called the 'cat people' due to the distinctive 'whiskers' of the women. Currently, there are more than 2200 Matsés residing in the Yavarí Valley of Peru and Brazil, with the majority living in Peru. The Matsés are a panoan-speaking Amazon native tribe and their language is very similar to the dialects that theMatis and Korubo Indians speak. Not only are their languages alike, but their religion and medicinal plant uses are also similar.

Probably the main apparent difference between theMatsés and Matis tribes is not their language or culture, but rather their facial ornamentation. TheMatsés facial tattoos differ from the Matis in that they consist of accentuated lines around the mouth, extending to the ear base; whereas the Matis have a series of parallel lines along the side of the face. Matsés women wear 'whiskers' in their noses which represent the whiskers of cats. Interestingly, the 'whiskers' are made from 'ribs' of palm leaves. With respect to their languages, the Matis normally talk much faster than the Matsés, but their vocabulary is very similar.

The majority of the images presented in this photo gallery were taken during January of 2006 in the Matsés Indigenous Reserve near the Río Gálvez. The Río Gálvez differs from the Río Amazonas in that its water is a dark coffee-color due to the abundance of tannins that are leached from tree bark. In contrast, the color of the Río Amazonas is much lighter due to great amount of sediment. The plant and animal species diversity of the Matsés Indigenous Reserve is among the greatest on the planet and it is common to encounter magnificent ceiba trees as illustrated above.

Also presented is an image of the two-toed sloth, Choloepus cf. hoffmann. The two-toed sloth is a common pet in Matsés dwellings. However, the sloth is also hunted and eaten. In contrast, the poison tree frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor) is never eaten, but its poison is used in a ceremony. The Matsés poison frog ceremony plays an important role in Matsés society both as a ritual performed before hunting and as a medicine used for cleansing.

While the Matis and many other Amazonian tribes prefer to use blowguns to hunt, the Matsés Indians are experts in the use of bows and arrows. Matsés arrows are very long, about two meters in length and are beautiful works of art in addition to being precision instruments. The fletching is meticulously sewn to the arrow shaft and ornamented with a special weaving that only skilled Matsés men know how to make. Matsés arrows are both beautiful and functional with their construction being much superior to other Amazon tribes, even the Matis.

Please note that it is not possible to meet the Matsés with commercial tour guides who have been barred from entering the Indigenous Reserve. If you want to receive more info and resources (books, geographic maps, and articles) on the Matsés Indigenous Territory and the Matses National Reserve, please email me [email protected]

Originalvideos of the Matis and photos of the Matis, Matsés, and Ticuna Indians are available. If you would like to help the Matsés preserve their native Amazon culture, please visit Additionally, if you are interested in purchasing their craftwork, please email [email protected]
The photographer, Dr. Dan James Pantone, is the founder of the Movement in the Amazon for TribalSubsistence and Economic Sustainability (MATSES),a nonprofit association that is supporting the rights of indigenous people from the Amazon.

Dan James Pantone, Ph.D. arranged this expedition.
For more info, contact Dr. Pantone at [email protected]

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