Danger: the world is on its way – Telegraph   Leave a comment

By Iain Hollingshead 7:00AM GMT 10 Nov 2010
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In an inter-connected world of global travel, trade and communication, it seems almost impossible that there are still pockets of people who have absolutely no contact with the outside world.
And yet yesterday an extraordinary storm erupted between the Natural History Museum, which is planning on sending a 60-strong expedition of scientists to Paraguay, and indigenous leaders who claim that contact with previously isolated tribes in the area will lead to “genocide”.
There are thought to be around 150 Ayoreo Indians in Paraguay – the only place in South America outside the Amazon populated by “uncontacted” Indians – living in six or seven isolated groups in the vast forest known as the Gran Chaco. They live nomadically, hunting, gathering fruit and honey, and fishing during the wet season. Although no one has had any direct contact with them, they have occasionally been viewed from a distance. Their tracks have also been spotted in the forest, with hollowed-out trees taken as evidence of their honey-gathering.

Posted December 11, 2010 by dmacc502 in Uncategorized

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