Posted by: Nar Williams | May 30, 2008

Picture of the Week: Amazon Tribe Attacks Helicopter with Bows and Arrows

Amazon Tribe Defends Village against Helicopter

Yeah, you read that right. Researchers flew over this uncontacted tribe’s rainforest village along the Brazilian-Peruvian border, and they were greeted with an assault from below — tribesmen painted in bright red body paint launched arrows at the chopper, most certainly believing the helicopter was “a spirit or large bird”.

You absolutely must read this fascinating account of the event.

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  1. […] Picture of the Week: Amazon Tribe Attacks Helicopter with Bows and …Researchers flew over this uncontacted tribe’s rainforest village along the Brazilian-Peruvian border, and they were greeted with an assault from below — tribesmen painted in bright red body paint launched arrows at the chopper, …Achieve Nerdvana – http://achievenerdvana.com […]

  2. It’s amazing to think there are human settlements like this still left in the world.

    The red paint, ironically, reminds me of another isolated, but fictional tribe, in the StarTrek universe called the Ventu. In that case, the tribe was isolated from their far more technologically advanced cousins via a force field installed by another alien species.

    In our case the “force field” turned out to be the forrest itself.

    I can’t imagine many other places in the world where any significant number of people can stay hidden from outside contact.

  3. Nice comparison, eksith. There are a few places left where this “forcefield” does indeed protect tribes like this. From the DailyMail article:

    “There remain about a hundred groups of people, scattered over the Earth, who know nothing of our world and we nothing of theirs, save a handful of brief encounters.

    The uncontacted tribes, which are located in the jungles of South America, New Guinea and a remote and the beautiful and remote North Sentinel island in the Indian Ocean (the inhabitants of which have also responded to attempts at contact with extreme aggression) all have one thing in common – they want to be left alone.

    And for good reason. The history of contact, between indigenous tribes and the outside world, has always been an unhappy one.”

  4. Lucas & Speilberg must be happy this story came out this week. A little too much like Crystal Skull. But a cool story, nonetheless.. 🙂


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