We know our world! It is sized and examined in every distant place; nevertheless, uncontacted tribes have avoided contact with the outside world.
Most of the uncontacted tribes live in South America and Asia. Here, the people from the outside world have tried to contact the isolated tribes. Nonetheless, it is hard to know precisely how many “uncontacted” tribes still exist today.
Why have the uncontacted tribes been reducing?
Unfortunately, environmental destruction and exploitation have put these isolated tribes at high risk of different diseases and other flu. This has made them in grave danger.
Illegal attacks have been made across the tribes who have suffered enormously. Several members of an isolated tribe from Amazon had emerged outside their jungle for the first time in 600 years. You get to see the most isolated tribe globally, they have come across any materials made through the dense jungle.
Tribes in South America
An estimation of around 70+ isolated tribes are present in South America; one of them is the Mashco-Piro tribe. They have shunned all the contacts from outsiders. However, they have been emerging outside of their boundaries and contacting people because of recent illegal activities. They are traditionally hunters and gatherers who can build homes in hours. Even though there is a no-contact policy, exceptions are made if they seek out contact. Without the proper medication, they are prone to contract measles or flu as they are exposing to the outside world.
Some of the tribes, such as Kawahiva in the Brazilian rainforest, one of the uncontacted tribes, are also called “short people” or “red people” who have forced themselves to be more isolated as they have no peaceful contact with the outsiders.
In recent years because of deforestation, the number of the tribe population has reduced by less than 100.
Uncontacted tribes don’t want our way of life, necessarily. Three Awá people left the forest in 2014 to engage mainstream culture. Two of them returned to their forest unimpressed and covered their tracks to prevent them from being followed.
This tribe lives on the outside of the Amazon rainforest, Ayoreo living in Chaco. The members of this tribe have been one of the last uncontacted tribes, plus The isolated tribe was attacked by the bulldozers in recent years and escaped as the loggers cleared their home. Their population is now unknown as the missionaries have tried to contact them, so they were open to deadly diseases.
Our very own Sentinel Island
This is one of the famous uncontacted tribes across the world. The island is situated in the north of the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands. This tribe has been isolated for almost 55,000 years, and it is approximately the size of Manhattan Island.
This tribe has mainly made it clear that they will not communicate with the outside world. The Sentinelese have attacked and killed anyone who has come near the island.
From what we have known, they hunt and gather mainly fish, plus they travel using canoes in shallow waters. The people are in excellent health, unlike other tribes, as the island is more isolated compared to others. The women use headbands with flowers, and men carry spears using the metal, washed up on shore.
The attention came to them when the tsunami hit, and when the volunteers tried to look if anyone was in need, the member took photographs them as they were firing arrows. On occasion, they have seemed to make friendly gestures by accepting the gifts; nonetheless, they have fired arrows at the contacting people.
As the result, the Indian government has chosen not to contact them further and has banned people from reaching them.
Do we need to leave them alone?
Yes, as per the guidelines from the government of the respective countries, it is the policy to leave them alone. Being isolated is their own will. The reason is because of so many illegal destructions of their homes; However, throughout the years, their population has been erased. The majority of those who have survived have gone into hiding on fear.
Do uncontacted tribes have less time?
Isolated tribes have faced several threats for decades through natural and manmade destructions. The outside world is riskier for them to contact numerous dangers and diseases without any immunity; they will be fatal. On the other hand, history has provided enough evidence that indigenous people survive somehow even with international conflicts, global pandemics, and government pressure.
If they are willing to go out of their territory and contact, the government will welcome them with open arms and provide them with the best healthcare and living as much as possible.