|The Krubo were first contacted in 2014 and show little fear of outsiders.|
(Image from Izabela Sanchez's original story linked below.)
What's worse, these tribes are specifically protected by the government from contact even by supportive visitors in an attempt to preserve the purity of these "undiscovered" peoples until they choose for themselves to contact outsiders. Investigating official Conrado Octavio says,
|Isolated tribes are indicated in proximity to massive deforestation.|
[Credits: (Graphic) J. You/Science; (Data) Antenor Vaz and RAISG]
As development encroaches on the protected tribal lands there is little resistance to exploitation and almost no law enforcement. The effects of diseases, greed, and modern weapons on these healthy and happy societies are utterly devastating. Apparently the Warikama Djapar people have been virtually wiped out, along with their language, traditions and customs. The few survivors are not enough to repopulate. This culture will vanish from the earth due to the greed of a few. It's hard to imagine a greater evil than this, but this is the truth of collonization that western "civilization" has visited upon the indigenous world for centuries. We have to own that this is still our legacy.
*Translation is a clucky, mechanical one from original articles in Spanish.