Friday, June 29, 2012
Preserve the Unknown
My latest obsession: BBC's Human Planet. A documentary series geared to enlighten the developed world about how humans survive in the most intense places on earth. It's absolutely fascinating.
One section, however, could not be studied (and for good reason). Above is an arial image of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world. Located in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest, the group of indigenous people have never EVER been exposed to the outside world. They only know their immediate surroundings.
Take a second and try to fathom that tribes like this exist. They have no idea about different races and places around the world. They remain untainted from outside influence and Jose Meirelles intends to keep it that way. Working for FUNAI, a government organization, he is fighting to preserve their way of life and make sure they remain uncontacted. The threat of illegal mining and logging poses to be his main problem in making sure he wins the fight.
Described as "the last free people on the planet", take a look at the video excerpt below to get a better understanding of the importance of preserving these tribes: