Endangered Species circa 2008


by twit

The BBC reports that “uncontacted” tribes of people who aim bows and arrows at passing aircraft are in danger of having their way of life wiped out.

Uncontacted tribe near Brazil-Peru border

More than half the world’s 100 uncontacted tribes live in Brazil or Peru and campaigners say many face threats to their land from illegal logging.

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil

The Brazilian government says it took the images to prove the tribe exists and help protect its land.

The pictures, taken from an aeroplane, show red-painted tribe members brandishing bows and arrows.

And the world is still so big that we’ve counted 100 ‘uncontacted tribes.’

I suppose this makes it 99, though.

and then there’s this, from the Private Islands Blog (h/t Boing Boing):

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French explorer and adventurer Xavier Rosset is about to embark on a 300 day trip to live alone on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific. His adventures will be filmed and used for a 52 minute documentary.

Xavier’s only luggage will be a Swiss army knife, machete, video camera, and a solar panel for charging the camera. He will spend 10 months alone on an island to develop another way of life through an exciting adventure, a return to the elemental sources.

Xavier will survive alone on an island without human interference and without polluting emissions.

The ambition of this documentary is to make a reflection on our lifestyle, our current system and our relationship to nature.

[emphasis added]

It would seem that the world gets smaller and smaller every day.

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