Spotted: the tribe that hides from man
A man belonging to the only uncontacted tribe in
When spotted, the man hid behind a tree, and later fled. The next day an abandoned camp, a clay dish, and game ready for cooking were found nearby.
The man is one of an unknown number of uncontacted Ayoreo-Totobiegosode Indians living in the dry forests of northern
The man was seen just to the south of the area owned by Yaguarete. In a letter to the Paraguayan government about the sighting, already-contacted Totobiegosode leaders said, ‘We are very concerned about [our relatives still in the forest]. They’re threatened by the deforestation in that region.’
Yaguarete was recently fined $16,000/£10,500 by the Paraguayan authorities for concealing the existence of the Totobiegosode in the area where it was given a licence to work. Earlier this year,the company won Survival’s ‘Greenwashing Award’ 2010 for ‘dressing up the wholesale destruction of a huge area of the Indians’ forest as a noble gesture for conservation.’
Survival International's director, Stephen Corry, said today, ‘This is further proof the Indians exist. It’s going to make things even more
difficult for cattle-ranchers like Yaguarete in the future.’
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