Take a look at this extraordinary video footage released today narrated by star Gillian Anderson that has launched Survival International’s new campaign to protect some of the world’s last uncontacted tribes. This video shows uncontacted natives on the Brazil-Peru border in never-seen-before detail. It is the first-ever aerial footage of an uncontacted community.
Ms Anderson said today, ‘What comes across very powerfully from this amazing footage is how healthy and confident these people appear. I hope they can be left alone – but that will only happen if the loggers are stopped.’
The footage was filmed by the BBC in collaboration with the Brazilian government, for the new BBC 1 ‘Human Planet’ series (broadcast 3 Feb). The Brazilian government has authorized Survival to use the footage as part of its campaign. Photos of the tribe were published worldwide by Survival earlier this week.
Survival and other NGOs have been campaigning for years for the Peruvian government to act decisively to stop the invasion, but little has been done.
Last year an American organization, Upper Amazon Conservancy, carried out the latest of several overflights on the Peru side, uncovering further evidence of illegal logging in a protected area.
Oil workers and illegal loggers are invading the lands of uncontacted tribes in Peru. They risk introducing infectious diseases which could wipe the natives out. Peru’s president has even denied the tribes exist. They won’t survive unless the invasions stop. Please sign the petition, and it will be delivered to President Garcia.