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Amazon rainforest tribe first contact: Ashaninka Indians contact outside world

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An Amazon rainforest tribe made its first contact with outsiders at the end of June. A few people from the isolated tribe reached out to Brazil's government scientists, who were working near the Peruvian border. It was the first time one of what scientists believe are 77 tribes, made contact with anyone outside of their realm, the American Association for the Advancement of Science said.

News Max reports July 11 that experts are concerned the natives in the Amazon rainforest have opened themselves up to diseases. Even a common cold or other common illnesses can attack their immune systems. There's been instances in which tribes like these have made contact with outsiders before and it hasn't ended well. Survival International reveals that Brazilian officials have warned of "tragedy" or "death" for the Amazon rainforest tribe's because of making contact with different people. It's believed that the indians have moved to the area from Peru due to loggers working in their country's region of the forest.

A number of Ashaninka Indians are being spotted around Acre state, Brazil, according to Survival International.

It reads on its website:

"These incidents are raising fears of violent clashes between the various groups, and decimation by contagious diseases to which the uncontacted Indians have no immunity."

Director of Survival International Stephen Cory adds:

"The uncontacted Indians now face the same genocidal risk from disease and violence which has characterized the invasion and occupation of the Americas over the last five centuries."

CBC reports that the indigenous Ashaninka Indian tribe made "peaceful" contact with the Brazilian scientists. The report says that isolated tribes like this are aware of people beyond their existence and avoid them by shooting arrows at outsiders or hide from them.

What does it mean that this Amazon rainforest tribe made first contact with the modern world? Unfortunately, it's not a great thing, according to scientists. It's an indicator of much bigger problems.



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