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  • If you look at earth today, you'll find that there are seven point four billion humans living on it

  • including you right now watching this video.

  • About half of all of us on this planet are currently connected to the Internet, which means that we can

  • Instantly communicate with billions of other people all around the world whenever we want to.

  • But despite how much progress in technology the rest of the world we experience has made,

  • there still exists today hundreds of tribes consisting of thousands of people who live just like our ancient ancestors did

  • 10,000 years ago, and many of them have no idea that the outside world, our world, exists.

  • Most continents don't have anybody living on them who are completely unaware of modern civilization.

  • The last Native American in the United States who lived most of his life completely removed

  • from American culture was found in 1911 and the last uncontacted Aboriginal hunter-gatherers

  • in Australia were found and contacted just in 1984.

  • So there's only a handful of places left in the world where you can still find these uncontacted people.

  • A handful in the congo basin of africa, a few on the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean and several on

  • the Pacific island of New Guinea, but by far the vast majority of uncontacted people remaining in the world,

  • 97% of them are currently living on the South American continent,

  • primarily in the deep dark and hard to get to parts of the Amazon rainforest.

  • Over a hundred tribes consisting of thousands of people have been living here generation after generation

  • For thousands of years ever since humans first arrived on the continent roughly 15,000 years ago.

  • But how can it be that so many of these people still don't know about our modern world?

  • The answer largely has to do with geography.

  • The Amazon rainforest is enormous, larger than the entire Indian subcontinent

  • but with a population under 20 million, meaning that several cities across the world have more people than that.

  • The reason so few people live here is because really why would anybody want to?

  • It's covered with dense forests, dangerous wildlife and historically has never really been developed by any modern civilization.

  • There's only one bridge across the entire length of the Amazon River and

  • the largest city in the region called Manaus in Brazil is primarily only accessible by boat or by plane.

  • The rest of the Amazon interior is even more difficult to access,

  • so the uncontacted people who live here are both difficult to actually reach and it's difficult for them to leave even if they wanted to.

  • The other reason why they still exist is because the governments of the countries whose

  • territory they live in have decided to leave them alone and refrain from first contacts because

  • previous attempts to contact isolated tribes has ended in catastrophe.

  • When Europeans first started arriving in large numbers to the new world after Columbus's discovery

  • in 1492, 80% to 95% of the indigenous population of the Americas died within 150 years.

  • Mostly due to diseases like measles and smallpox brought by the European conquerors.

  • The indigenous people who had lived for thousands of years separated from the rest of the world

  • had not developed the immunities to disease as the Europeans did by living side-by-side

  • with animals like cattle and pigs. When the Europeans arrived the natives stood no chance to the biological

  • cancer that ravaged their continent. And the surviving uncontacted tribes of today faced that exact same

  • problem when encountering us. A tribe in Colombia for example was contacted a few decades ago by modern anthropologists

  • but the tribes population was cut down to less than half its size simply because of diseases the anthropologists accidentally exposed them to in addition to.

  • In addition to that first encounters with isolated tribes can sometimes result in violence.

  • Clashes in Equador between uncontacted tribes and loggers cutting down the forests around them erupted in 2006 and 2007

  • that left 30 tribes people and ten loggers dead. Loggers, oil prospectors, drug traffickers and hunters all

  • occasionally stumble upon an uncontacted tribe in the jungle by accident still today.

  • And the resulting encounters can obviously end up being pretty tense.

  • There's a man who lives in the Amazon in Brazil called the loneliest man in the world. An indigenous

  • uncontacted man who lives alone and is believed to be the last surviving member of his tribe. The language

  • he speaks is unknown as is the name of the tribe He once belonged to and his existence first became known about in 1996.

  • the Brazilian government sent numerous expeditions to find him that all failed until

  • 2007 and when they finally encountered him,

  • He shot one of them in the chest with a bow and arrow. Later evidence found what was believed to be his old village,

  • bulldozed and destroyed by illegal loggers or settlers. After this incident the Brazilian government declared a 42 square mile

  • exclusion zone around him that's illegal for anybody to trespass into.

  • He's the only human that exists in that entire area and it's illegal for

  • anybody to visit him and he's still there because video was taken of him this year in 2018 cutting down a tree.

  • The Brazilian government maintains a policy today of zero contact with uncontacted peoples

  • but maintains occasional flyovers to check up on their numbers and how they're doing, which can yield some

  • incredible photographs like these

  • We can only speculate about what these people must be thinking at the sight of seeing an airplane flying above them,

  • but imagine for a moment if earth was considered an uncontacted area by some advanced alien species.

  • They may treat us the same way that we treat our uncontacted peoples.

  • We limit our contact out of respect for their own safety, but maintain occasional flyovers for check-ups and to satisfy our own curiosity.

  • Curiosity about the unknown is always fascinating to humans.

  • It's just part of what makes us who we are.

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Why Hundreds of Uncontacted Tribes Still Exist in South America

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 02 月 04 日
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