Amazon tribe in voluntary isolation appears in tense standoff at remote Peru jungle hamlet

  • Article by: FRANK BAJAK , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 9:26 AM

LIMA, Peru — Members of an Indian tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru's southeastern Amazon attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.

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thorc1Aug. 20, 13 8:52 AM

It would be nice to have a kink to the video referenced in this story. This is on the Internet, after all.

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adri0801Aug. 20, 13 9:23 AM

Funny, I was just in remote Peru/Brasil (5 hour boat ride south of Leticia aka middle of nowhere). In fact I am still in Bogota waiting to return to MN tomorrow. The native people I encountered were all extremely friendly, and EXTREMELY poor. I would have liked to see a video on this too.

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gailycAug. 20, 1310:05 AM

It's a sad commentary on humanity where an indigenous population is threatened by the "innovations" of the 21st century. But, this has been witnessed around the world and alarmingly, we haven't learned from our history.

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Douglind33Aug. 20, 1310:40 AM

What we learn from history is that we don't learn much from history.

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elind56Aug. 20, 1310:53 AM

How long until well-intended liberals convince (or force) these native peoples to move onto a 'reservation' where the government can take care of them "for their own good"?

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NoMasBSAug. 20, 1311:03 AM

I don't know. How long until SUPPOSED conservatives start crying louder and louder to "DRILL BABY DRILL" all around the world because what the heck all oil should belong to the US. Well afterall everyone can see how well, "drill baby drill" has worked out for us here in the USA. Oh sorry, I meant how well it's worked out for Japan and China. Just want to keep the facts straight unlike the other side of the Isle.

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scubadoo68Aug. 20, 1311:29 AM

What we learn from history is that we don't learn much from history. --- ain't that the truth. I'm glad that in South America the government tries to protect indigenous people. That's more than I can say for other countries today.

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banne1955Aug. 20, 1311:34 AM

@Douglind33 - "What we learn from history is that we don't learn much from history." Couldn't be more true!

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jarlmnAug. 20, 1312:11 PM

The Mashco-Piro have probably figured it is time to show-up to cash-in on claiming the mineral resources around their present hunting-gathering area. They will claim is their "sacred" land, given them by the Great Hoo-Ha or somebody. (how itinerant peoples get off claiming certain land is *theirs*, has always been a mystery to me) They will then undoubtedly maintain that they are a "sovereign" nation .... except of course, when they want something from the government. How long before they open a casino?

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jacksoncageAug. 20, 1312:14 PM

And yet, as primitive as these peoples are, they're far smarter than elind.

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