Remote Brazilian Tribe “Discovered”

2 Jun

Like my friend, Amanda, I find the above picture amusing…in an ironic sort of way.  I mean, here are these isolated, uncontacted natives hanging out in Brazil.  All of a sudden, one day a chopper comes by disturbing their world.  The BBC’s full photo essay with captions truly tells the story (link).

Apparently, a plane flew over the region taking pictures of the tribe in order to prove its existence as well as preserve its land so the people would remain undisturbed.  To make sure the tribe wasn’t disturbed, they flew over a second time further disturbing the tribe.  The BBC photo caption tells the next part best, “The first flight had an obvious impact on the tribe.  By the time the plane returned most of the women and children and those who remained had painted their bodies.”    Uh…yeah.  I’m pretty sure if I never saw an airplane I’d react the same way; I’d paint my body and grab a spear.  The painted men in the above photograph look like they’re about to shoot the plane out of the sky.  Obviously, they thought they were under attack.

I suppose it’s important to document the group’s existence, but it seems a little backwards to terrify the people out of their minds to do it.  I’m sure they don’t hide their families and throw on some full body war paint every day.  Feeling threatened, they tried to protect themselves, and in doing so, have had their pictures plastered all over the Internet–half-naked painted guys holding weapons.  It’s kind of funny, right?

Yes, it’s funny that these people didn’t understand the plane’s purpose and thought they were under attack.  Yes, it’s funny that they wanted to shoot it down.  And, yes, people who aren’t fully clothed are always a bit amusing.

And yet, I wonder if they thought their world was about to end.  Did the men speak loving words to their wives and children as they painted their bodies for battle?  Did the women hold their children close hoping for deliverance?  Despite the obvious differences between my civilization and theirs, we are all human, created in the image of God.  We all love, hope, dream, build, tear down, plant, destroy, hate, and fear.

I know what it’s like to spend a day out with friends, and suddenly, the plane in the sky appears.  I don’t know what it is, it doesn’t make sense, and no one can explain it to me.  But I know the battle must be fought, and I know that maybe, just maybe, I’ll make it out alive.  A remote tribe in Brazil, a random girl in Pennsylvania–there are so many barriers that separate our lives, and yet when it comes down to it, we’re all afraid of the same thing–being hounded by paparazzi.

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No Responses to “Remote Brazilian Tribe “Discovered””

  1. gebs June 3, 2008 at 6:16 AM #

    Nicely said.

  2. gebs June 3, 2008 at 6:16 AM #

    Nicely said.

  3. Kimmy June 3, 2008 at 6:46 AM #

    I am really intrigued by remote groups such as this. Great thoughts.

  4. Kimmy June 3, 2008 at 6:46 AM #

    I am really intrigued by remote groups such as this. Great thoughts.

  5. mjgolch June 3, 2008 at 11:36 AM #

    Nicely said. I hope that you are haveing a Great Day,that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  6. mjgolch June 3, 2008 at 11:36 AM #

    Nicely said. I hope that you are haveing a Great Day,that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  7. tracy June 4, 2008 at 3:00 AM #

    Wow, do you realize that the helicopter was a UFO for them? Think about how freaky it would be to have an alien peeking his head in your window, no wait, think about how freaked we all are by the thought of aliens looking in our windows … In my opinion, the tribe was pretty brave if they were ready to do battle with aliens! Cool story Amy!

  8. tracy June 4, 2008 at 3:00 AM #

    Wow, do you realize that the helicopter was a UFO for them? Think about how freaky it would be to have an alien peeking his head in your window, no wait, think about how freaked we all are by the thought of aliens looking in our windows … In my opinion, the tribe was pretty brave if they were ready to do battle with aliens! Cool story Amy!

  9. balach June 4, 2008 at 4:55 AM #

    has anyone noticed that the black figure with the men, the one on the rightmost (behind the two men) seems like a gorilla(or an ape of some type) and not a human and its probably a female gorilla. Its featured in other images on the bbc site as well and it never holds any weapon and is sorta apart from the others (as if it were a servant or a slave). I really do think its a domesticated female gorilla servant/slave of theirs. any comments?

  10. balach June 4, 2008 at 4:55 AM #

    has anyone noticed that the black figure with the men, the one on the rightmost (behind the two men) seems like a gorilla(or an ape of some type) and not a human and its probably a female gorilla. Its featured in other images on the bbc site as well and it never holds any weapon and is sorta apart from the others (as if it were a servant or a slave). I really do think its a domesticated female gorilla servant/slave of theirs. any comments?

  11. tracy June 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM #

    balach, i’m pretty sure that’s one of the guys with black warpaint. okay, i’m guessing but, in my humble opinion, the physical shape doesn’t seem to resemble a gorilla.

  12. tracy June 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM #

    balach, i’m pretty sure that’s one of the guys with black warpaint. okay, i’m guessing but, in my humble opinion, the physical shape doesn’t seem to resemble a gorilla.

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  15. Amy June 4, 2008 at 2:00 PM #

    Oh, I think the person with black paint is human. But it does have a sort of Planet of the Apes-like quality in the face I think. He does look like he could be holding something in his left hand. Maybe he’s in charge of everyone.

  16. Amy June 4, 2008 at 2:00 PM #

    Oh, I think the person with black paint is human. But it does have a sort of Planet of the Apes-like quality in the face I think. He does look like he could be holding something in his left hand. Maybe he’s in charge of everyone.

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