With this picture, an indigenous rights organization in Brazil hopes to give attention to the rights — and future — of “uncontacted” tribes:  groups that have little to no interaction with the outside world.

Maybe this is because I’m an International Communications major (which carries a strong anthropological element in some courses), but I find this fascinating.  It’s hard to imagine that there are still places in the world that are untouched, so to speak, and live pretty much unaware of what is happening in the rest of the world.  Most of even the smallest villages in Africa have contact with the “outside,” but according to CNN there are about 100 tribes, 50ish of which are located in the Amazon, that are “uncontacted.”

Whether or not we should contact them is debatable.  I do have to admit, though, it provides an incredible anthropological opportunity to study a society and culture that is, for lack of a better word, pure — it hasn’t been influenced by or mixed with other cultures.  This is utterly fascinating to me.

I don’t know if anyone else is interested in this sort of thing, but if you are, I’d be interested to hear what you think.

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