Uncontacted Amazon tribe spotted by plane in Peru
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October 21, 2007




A group of uncontacted indigenous tribesmen were spotted by plane in a remote part of the Peruvian Amazon last month, according to Survival International. The region is threatened by illegal mahogany loggers.

"The Indians were spotted on the shores of the Las Piedras river in Peru's south-eastern Amazon," said the NGO in a press release. "They left their shelters on the beach to watch the plane, chartered by Peru's Environment Agency, fly overhead. During the plane's second pass, one of the Indian women, carrying arrows and accompanied by a small boy, gestured aggressively, whilst the rest of the group sought refuge in the undergrowth."

The sighting, notes Survival International, comes shortly after the representatives from Perupetro, Peru's state oil company, compared the existence of uncontacted tribes in Peru to the Loch Ness monster.


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Rory Carroll of The Guardian write that the group may be members of the Mascho Piro tribe: "Similar types of huts were spotted in the region in the 1980s, prompting speculation that this was the Mascho Piro, a tribe which erects temporary dwellings near riverbanks during the dry season when it is easier to fish, then move back into the forest during the wet season."
"It is absurd to say there are uncontacted peoples when no one has seen them," said Daniel Saba, chairman of Perupetro.

Indigenous rights groups say the sighting is proof that such people exist. Survival International estimates that there are at least 15 uncontacted tribes in Peru, many of which are likely at risk from encroachment by loggers and the oil industry.

"What further proof is needed of the uncontacted tribes' existence?" asked Stephen Corry, director of Survival International. "There they are for all the world to see - Peru's most vulnerable citizens whose government now needs to do its duty by them. It is time for their rights to their land to be recognized and respected, for oil and gas exploration to be banned from their territories, and for all loggers and other outsiders to be removed."

"The uncontacted tribes exist," added AIDESEP, Peru's national Indian organization. "If we don't act now, tomorrow could be too late.'



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