May 30, 2008

At play in the fields of the Lord

These photos are so strange and beautiful and haunting to me that I'm posting a lot of them. Check out the story here: Isolated Tribe Spotted in Brazil.

One of South America's few remaining uncontacted indigenous tribes has been spotted and photographed on the border between Brazil and Peru.

The Brazilian government says it took the images to prove the tribe exists and help protect its land.
More here: what the pictures may show.

All photos are by Gleison Miranda of Funai. [You can click for somewhat bigger on all the photos above.]
The photos were taken during several flights over one of the most remote parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil's Acre region.

They show tribe members outside thatched huts, surrounded by the dense jungle, pointing bows and arrows up at the camera.

"We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist," the group quoted Jose Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior, an official in the Brazilian government's Indian affairs department, as saying.

"This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence."

Dial-up users, beware: the photos below are hermugeous if clicked.

"The series of buildings have very little space cleared around them, and are set deep into the forest. This suggests that the tribe are keen to keep themselves hidden."
Yeah — I got that vibe, too.

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