Amazon Rainforest Indigenous Tribe Found

The Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, but according to scientists a river just as long may be flowing beneath it.

The Amazon rainforest is home to an uncontacted tribe that was just discovered by the Brazilian government.

The tribe’s existence was confirmed after aerial expeditions verified that three significant clearings in the area, which has previously been identified by satellite, were in fact indicative of a group of people. Funai – the government agency – estimates that around 68 isolated tribes exist in the Amazon. Funai tries to avoid disrupting isolated tribes, using planes to keep their distance. Brazil’s policy works to avoid contact with such groups and instead tries to preserve their autonomy by keeping their land from being invaded.

The recently discovered tribe is thought to be about 200 people living in four straw-roofed buildings. They are said to grow corn, bananas, peanuts and other crops. According to Funai, the population likely belongs to the pano language group, which starts at the Brazilian Amazon and goes into the Peruvian and Bolivian jungle. The community is near the Vale do Javari reservation, which contains the largest number of uncontacted people in the world.

''The work of identifying and protecting isolated groups is part of Brazilian public policy. To confirm something like this takes years of methodical work,” said Fabricio Amorim, the Funai co-ordinator for Vale do Javari, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald. 

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