"There Are Some Who Doubt Their Existence"

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

The title of this news article is actually a quote from Jose Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior, of FUNAI, the Brazilian government's Indian affairs department: "This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence." Meirelles was referring to recent aerial photographs that substantiated the existence of a tribe of humans in a remote quadrant of the Amazon forest in Brazil near the Peruvian border.

Even the president of Peru, Alan Garcia, had denied the existence of the tribe. The photographs and the public outcry that resulted provoked the Peruvian government into altering its position from one of denial to one of consideration and further investigation.

The tribe is said to be one of the world's last "uncontacted" aboriginal people.

Survival International, founded in 1969, and the "only international organisation supporting tribal peoples worldwide," estimates that there are likely 100 such tribes of uncontacted peoples in the world. There are many who remain skeptical of such a claim.

Such skepticism is in large part based on the mindset that the planet holds no more surprises, no more secrets; there is nothing left to discover and humans have recorded most everything there is to know regarding our planet.

In light of recent events, this is clearly not the case. 

The world was quite shocked by the recent photographs which showed the group of barely-clad Amazonian tribespeople raising their primitive weapons in defiance as the aircraft flew over them.

In the immediate aftermath, the Peruvian government received an abundance of letters from stunned and surprised people around the world demanding the protection of the uncontacted tribe, who are threatened by disease and illegal logging.

It is now clear, or it should be, that the planet indeed continues to guard mysteries and hold secrets; such shocking photographs should provide substantial illumination for anyone.

The same mindset is pervasive among those who cannot entertain the possibility of the sasquatch's existence. There is nowhere in North America, it is argued, that has not been trampled by humans. Therefore, it is impossible or highly unlikely that anything such as a higher-order primate could remain at large and unrecorded in the modern age in North America, or in the world for that matter.

However, the consistent rate at which thousands of new species of wildlife are discovered every year clearly indicates that humans are far from knowing all there is to know about our planet and its inhabitants. The recent photographs of the Amazonian tribe provide further substantiation that there are still unknowns on our planet.

Source: Survival International: Uncontacted tribe photographed near Brazil-Peru border. Uncontacted tribe photos spur government into action. Uncontacted tribe pictures provoke public outrage. 

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