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Wild Card Friday, May 30, 2008

Good morning, Netizens...

In this image made available Thursday from Survival International, showing 'uncontacted Indians' of the Envira, who have never before had any contact with the outside world, photographed during an overflight in May 2008, as they react to the overflight at their camp in the Terra Indigena Kampa e Isolados do Envira, Acre state, Brazil, close to the border with Peru. 'We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,' said uncontacted tribes expert Jos Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior. (May 29, 2008) Associated Press

Normally I would pass on such a picture, but as of late we have had some interesting discussions about the Brazilian Tropical Rain forest, if not those indigenous people who live within it. As my previous pictures of indigenous tribal members riding in public buses to attend demonstrations show, many of the resident tribes of Brazil are at least aware of the infringement of mankind upon their culture and lands.

However, this picture shows one of several indigenous tribes of the rain forest who, according to Survival, International, have never had any contact with anyone from the modern world. Can you imagine life without the modern conveniences?

How would we as a culture survive without modern amenities? That is an interesting philosophical question, as based upon the portion of my life spent living in a line cabin, I must admit there were still tradition amenities upon which I was dependent. Would we become an extinct species, if reduced to living without our “gadgets” or, over generations, would we adapt and once more our history would be passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth?

The visual image of these simple tribal members armed with bows and arrows shooting at the airplane sits pretty deeply within me. How does it impact you?


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