Self-isolation is why uncontacted tribes survive today

Please act now for uncontacted tribes

“Cough, catarrh and chest pain killed everybody. Everybody died… They weren’t buried. They were too weak to bury the dead. They were very ill so they didn’t bury them. The vultures ate them from the ground because they weren’t buried.”

Footage of the Last of his Tribe taken by FUNAI agents ©FUNAI

An evangelical missionary is now head of Brazil’s department for uncontacted tribes. Please email the Justice Minister today to reverse this dangerous appointment.

Population loss due to diseases introduced during and after contact has been catastrophic — the statistics are shocking. Over 50% of the Matis tribe died following first contact in the 1970s. Nearly all their shamans with medicinal knowledge perished as flu decimated them. Bina Matis, who survived the epidemics, told Survival:

Bina Matis of Brazil recalls the devastating impact of first contact.



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