We released these photos 11 years ago today, but now uncontacted tribes are facing unprecedented attacks...


The photos were taken during a Brazilian government expedition in 2008.
Aerial photo of uncontacted tribe, Brazil

Dear friend,

"Let them live... we must let our uncontacted relatives live." – Pire'i Awá, Brazil


Today marks 11 years since Survival released photographs of an uncontacted tribe near the Brazil/Peru border, including the one above. The images made a huge splash at the time. They brought more attention to uncontacted tribes and the threats they face than anything else before or since.

Few deny the existence of uncontacted tribes today (which shows how far we've come!), and more and more are beginning to recognize the vital role they play in protecting the environment.

But uncontacted tribes are now facing an unprecedented attack.

From Brazil to Colombia, governments have "declared war" on tribal peoples. It's the worst assault on their rights in 50 years.

Uncontacted tribes are particularly vulnerable. Previous first encounters have resulted in massacres and disease epidemics. They face genocide if their land isn’t protected.

Photos are important, not just because they serve as evidence that uncontacted tribes actually exist, but also that when their lands are protected, they thrive!

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We're calling on President Bolsonaro to stop Brazil's genocide, and so many of you have already joined us, for which we're truly grateful.

Uncontacted tribes are a vital part of humankind's diversity and there's irrefutable evidence that their territories are the best barrier to deforestation. We're doing everything we can to secure their land and stop their annihilation. As always, thank you for your support.

Yours in solidarity,

Alice
Q: Why share these photos?

A: The use of images and film is indispensable in any campaign for uncontacted tribes' rights. For example, before Survival helped publicize aerial photos of uncontacted tribespeople in Peru, the Peruvian government denied their existence altogether.

Other tribes in the region have asked us to use such photos to draw attention to the plight of their uncontacted relatives. Davi Kopenawa, a Yanomami spokesperson in Brazil, says:

"The place where the Indians live, fish, hunt and plant must be protected. That is why it is useful to show pictures of the uncontacted Indians, for the whole world to know that they are there in their forest and that the authorities must respect their right to live there."
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