Sunday, 7 September 2014

Isolated Peruvian tribe risks human contact, and disease

Machinguenga indigenous prepare for a meeting with government authorities to express their concern about the approach of uncontacted tribes to their village, in Shipetiari By Mitra Taj ALTO MADRE DE DIOS RIVER Peru (Reuters) - Six Mashco Piro tribeswomen crouched low as they escaped back into the jungle after raiding a remote lodge in Peru's Manu National Park in the western Amazon, clutching newly prized tools: metallic cooking pots. The Mashco Piro have clashed in the past with loggers, poachers and drug traffickers who invaded their jungle enclaves, but anthropologists say the lure of modern tools is now tempting them closer than ever to far-flung villages and tourist camps. "It's a technological revolution," said anthropologist Klaus Rummenhoeller, who has been studying Amazonian tribes in Peru since the 1980s. The Mashco Piro have historically rejected outsiders, surviving enslavement during Peru's bloody rubber boom in the late 1800s and rebuffing the advances of Christian missionaries throughout the last century.




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