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Uncontacted Indian Tribes; Why They Should Stay That Way

Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain ForestIn the last couple of days many blogs and articles have been posted regarding the uncontacted Indians in Brazil.  I myself posted an article on this subject.  How wonderful it truly is to know that there are still some free Indians living their traditional lives that have countinued to survive through the centuries of colonialism.   And I maintain that these people need to be left alone.  Making any effort to contact them is an effort in genocide and an act of aggression.


Shortly after posting my article here on wordpress.com, I naturally went out to read what others have posted on this story and to attract readers who might be interested in reading my opinions on the subject.  Most of what I read was fairly respectful of these people’s need to go unmolested.  There were also a couple posts that proved to be completely ill informed on the subject and downright hostile to them.  One that particularly bothered me referred to these people as “mankind 10,000 years ago.”  I argued that these are living people now, who need to be respected rather than treated as some sort of scientific curiosity like a monkey in the zoo.  I stand by the point that these are human beings with the right to exist unmolested not some sort of Neanderthal curiosity to be studied and consumed.


In return it was expressed that leaving these people alone is morally flawed and unrealistic.  This sort of thinking is more concerned with the colonial worlds “right” to invade any technologically less advanced people above that people’s right to exist and not face certain death.  That’s really what the debate regarding uncontacted tribes is all about; the colonial world’s perceived right to practice business as usual and do what it wants, the consequences and the people who suffer them be damned.  I’m not dramatizing the issue.  This is fact.


The argument that no people are left alone in “society” is to suggest that these people somehow “belong” to us.  What this really means is that no native people anywhere have the right to autonomy, sovereignty or self determination as long as there are people from colonial societies whom desire to molest them and take what belongs to them.  They must be forced to accept their position at the bottom rung of this society because … well, because the colonial society wants their land, and some scientists want to poke them with needles, dissect them, take their blood and create or support some “theory,” all the while destroying the people.   


Pretending that these people are somehow a part of “our society” completely neglects the fact of their independent nature and it stinks of globalism.  It’s really just another way of saying that the lives and culture of these people have no meaning outside of the meaning that the colonial world places upon them.


These Indians have their own society.  It is a society that seems to be rather tenacious and strong despite the colonialism, forced assimilation and genocide experienced by thousands of other formally sovereign native communities from which they are descended.  And it is not only morally flawed to advocate going into these areas, trying to manipulate the population and force them against their will to become a part of “our” society, knowing how it will destroy them, it is completely morally bankrupt.


But “things change,” the colonial mind will argue.  “No one remains unchanged!”  “It’s artificial to preserve their way of life.”  A person who says something like this is clearly not in touch with reality.  They probably think the internet is reality, and their TV is reality and the conflict between democrats and republicans is reality.  But they refuse to grant the same sense of reality to real Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest who live in the real world, a world far more “real” than our own.


These Indians are in their natural environment enjoying life in a society that was naturally  developed which they naturally inherited.  These people live a life in closer harmony with the real and natural world than anyone of us in this pretend technotopia of industrial societies.  They exist in a far more natural atmosphere than anything we could ever offer them.  Failure to recognize this is a failure to recognize their humanity and their right to exist. The only thing that would be a change—the only thing that would truly be different is if we left these people alone.


I’ve heard would-be social scientists postulate the ill informed ideas that studying these people may unlock certain mysteries regarding human evolution.  This is just absurd.  What wonderful secrets does anyone think the industrial world is going to gleam and appreciate from dissecting these Indians that we haven’t already discarded amongst the thousands of other indigenous peoples that have already been contacted, assimilated or destroyed?  Does anyone really think that figuring out what language these people speak or learning how they make red dye is going to make a bit of difference in the world?  The idea that they should be poked and prodded and placed under a microscope for our own satisfaction simply because they are there is, to say the least dehumanizing. There is no reason to contact these people save for our own amusement and greed, with utter disregard for their well being and their very lives.  The colonials will just take the land and resources and ravish them with plagues until the few remaining survivors are forced to seek refuge in the ghettos as new additions to the peasant class. They are not just another human resource for the colonial world to exploit.


The problem here is that the colonial mindset programs people from birth not to consider people, history or culture from any other perspective other than how it applies to the colonial world.  From this perspective these Indians, and all native peoples for that matter, are nothing more than a human resource at best or a curiosity-like monkeys in the zoo.  And that is wrong.  The newly released pictures were not published for that reason.  And neither was my previous article.  They were published to inform people of what is at stake and help stop the final stage of Native American genocide that has plagued this continent for the past 500 years.  Anthropologists have known about these communities for over 20 years and they have been keeping their specific locations a secret in order to keep missionaries, industrialists and the governments from directly and unethically intruding upon them and completing the genocidal aims of colonialism.


Native rights Activists such as Syney Possuelo and Erling Söderström were once leaders of expeditions whose purpose was to track and contact uncontacted Indian tribes.  After years of research and interaction with these Indians they chronicled the same story with each people they encountered.  As Söderström says on his website at Korubo.com;

The uncontacted tribes are fragments of former Indian nations who have fled the violent incursions of the external world. They all have tragic memories of decimation by diseases and bullets and when contacted often give testimony of organized massacres perpetrated against their people to expel them and open their lands and natural resources to predatory exploitation … Only a safe and protected living environment free from the disrupting incursions of the external world can ensure their chance of reproducing and rebuilding their communities, traditions and rituals and transmit their knowledge to future generations.

It is our responsibility to protect their forest. Our predatory quest for resources has already destroyed too much on this planet.

Because of this constant mutilation at the hands of colonists, organizations such FUNAI have insisted on keeping the whereabouts of uncontacted Indians a closely guarded secret.


The governments of Brazil and Peru have been denying the existence of these people for years in order to justify further destruction and settlement of the rain forest.  FUNAI decided to publish these pictures so that the whole world could know that they are real and that they need to be left alone and protected from incursion.  This was not just some publicity stunt.  These pictures were not published in order to satisfy some curiosity for the outside world and neither was my previous article.  They were published to inform the outside world that there are entire communities of Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest  living under the threat of genocide.  I hope to encourage other indigenous rights activists to focus some energy in this area.  The questions I posed regarding their outlook about us was to encourage people to consider the Indian’s perspective about us for a CHANGE and why they have chosen to continually reject our society.  I hoped people would understand that they were not shooting at the planes because they are a backwards, primitive or savage people but because they are trying to protect their way of life.


Some people from colonial societies will claim that it is inevitable that these people will be … nay MUST be destroyed, for such is simply the way of things.  Of course they argue this point while arguing out of the other side of their mouth that “all things must change” … all things of course but their own perspective and design on the future.


In truth these Indians have lived in similar communities for millennia.  If they are left alone their world will probably continue to last long after the technological empires destroy themselves.  There is no reason to contact them other than to take something away from them and to force them to become something they would already NATURALLY be if they had any interest in us.  There is absolutely nothing of value that can be learned by examining them that can’t be learned from the Indians that have already been contacted for the past 500 years.


Arguing that these peoples and the outside world should simply accept that “they will be destroyed” is telling us that we should be content with genocide.  Promoting the idea is advocating genocide. And in essence what is happening here is that colonialists are telling us and essentially them as well, that we all just need to accept that genocide because … well … because they say so.  Because it fits their vision of how the world must be.  These Indians must die.  Their society must be destroyed.  They must be plagued with diseases that could be avoided if they were left alone.  They must accept that their children will choke to death on their own phlegm caused by a simple cold virus they have no immunity for and our medication cannot cure.  And the few Indians who are lucky enough to survive that must be content with the fact that better armed and outfitted settlers will come and take the only thing they have left, their land.  Yet proponents of colonial “rights” will try to tell us that this is normal.  It’s all a part of human nature and we should just accept it as inevitability and that we should not “blame people for being human.”


Well I don’t know about you dear reader, but I blame a rapist for being a rapist.  He’s a human being too.  I blame the murderer for being a murderer.  And I will certainly blame the genocidal opportunists who decide to go into that territory, exposing the people to the diseases we carry and causing them to become extinct when we damn well know better!


The only reason anyone would go into that jungle is for their own benefit without concern for the poison he brings because he seeks only to take.  Those Indians know we are here.  They are aware of the outside world.  They know we have great machines and huge buildings.  They know that and have chosen to reject it for centuries.  You don’t see them flocking to the cities.  They clearly want to be left alone in their natural environment.  Not to respect their decision to do so as Sovereign People of the Amazon Rain Forest when we know the death and disease we bring is simply and act of aggression and utter disregard for human life and culture.


They have been rejecting the outside world for centuries and fleeing deeper into the forests in order to preserve their way of life.  Now, here they are on the brink of extinction and there are actually people who are suggesting that it is somehow okay to go ahead and finish the job.  It is an act of war, and the Indians know it even if they can be easily defeated.  They’re not shooting arrows at the planes for idle curiosity.  They honestly do not want us to feel safe trying to contact them because in the end they know all we have to offer them is death.

 Mass grave of Lakota Indians after the Massacre at Wounded Knee-1890


5 Responses

  1. An undiscovered tribe of man has been found in Peru.. This is fantastic.. So if it’s possible for them to be living beside the civilized world and only found now..Why then is it so difficult for people to believe that a large primate could be doing the same.. Hmmmmm

  2. May I send e-mail directly to author of the article? Thank you

  3. >>May I send e-mail directly to author of the article?<<


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  5. I agree entirely that the uncontacted tribes of the world should be left alone. But whether or not all of them are aware of what’s going on outside their small world is questionable. I suppose the connections between tribes over vast amounts of land, could provide them with intel on what’s going on in the areas that are being colonized by the more developed world. Although, the two tribes that I’ve watched get contact with the outside world for the first time, appear to be in amazement of the simpler things such as a mirror or matches for example.

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