Last of the… What Are They?

One of Brazil’s 77 isolated tribes has been forced to make contact:

The tribe, part of the Pano linguistic group, made contact with the Ashaninka native people of northern Brazil in late June. The meeting was documented in a video that was released by Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (Funai). In one scene an Ashaninka Indian in shorts gives bananas to two naked tribespeople armed with bows and arrows on the banks of the Envira river in the Brazilian state of Acre on the border with Peru. … Jaminawa Jose Correia, an Ashaninka who spoke with the tribespeople, said they had come in search of weapons and allies. ‘They described being attacked by non-native people and many died after coming down with the flu and diphtheria,’ he said.

Published by Hector Luis Alamo

Hector received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his concentration was on ethnic relations in the United States. Since then, he has written for various publications, including the RedEye, where he is an opinion columnist. He is a regular contributor for Latino Rebels and a staff writer at La Respuesta, a nationwide publication focused on the Puerto Rican Diaspora. Hector is formerly the managing editor at Gozamos, as well as an associate editor at Being Latino. He also writes fiction and poetry.