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Amazing pictures of isolated Mascho-Piro tribe in the Amazon

Mascho Piro Picture

Imagine living with your tribe in the Amazon Jungle with the lifestyle of a hunter-gatherer. Neither you nor any of the people in your tribe, even the older ones, have ever had contact with the modern world. How would you react if you suddenly saw airplanes, met people with cameras,cars and riverboats? Here are the amazing pictures of the Mascho-Piro tribes’ lifestyle in Peru, and how they react to the modern world interfering with their lives. 

The Mascho-Piro tribe is one of around hundred indigenous groups that have never had contact with the outside world (I had no idea that there are so many groups left that are completely isolated from the rest of us). They are believed to live in leaf huts near the riverbank, where they fish during the dry season. When the rain season comes, they retreat back into the rainforest. Now the days of isolation seem over. Illegal loggers cutting down the forest are coming ever closer to the groups natural habitat. Airplane traffic has scared away the animals that the Mascho-Piro hunt for, and they are now forced to come closer to populated indian territories.

The pictures in Peru are taken by a group called Uncontacted International. They are an organization that work for the rights of indigenous people all over the world. Uncontacted International are worried that tourists and other locals could come in contact with the Mascho-Piro. Because they have no immunity against diseases that are common elsewhere, between 50-80% would be expected to die. When a similar tribe called the Nahua was exposed to outsiders in the 1980’s, over half of the people died. This is the same that killed millions of Indians in North and South America when the Europeans first came over hundreds of years ago. Another reason they don’t want people to come to close is that the tribe has proven themselves aggressive towards outsiders. Nicolas Shaco Flores, was found shot through the heart by a Mashco-Piro arrow. He was a local peruvian man who had tried to contact them at distance and left them cooking equipment among other things. It is unknown why they chose to attack him, but they probably felt threatened. Maybe it is best that we respect  this desire, and don’t come and “help” them like we have helped others before. All they want is to be left alone, but it now seems that they now have nowhere else to go.

Air-footage of the tribe. The Mascho-Piro wear almost no clothes and use primitive equipment. What a mind-trip it has to be for the Indians looking at this flying mechanical thing.

Amazon Mascho Piro Picture

Huts near the riverbank where the tribe lives during the dry season.

Mascho Piro River

An unclear picture of aMascho-Piro tribesman throwing a spear at a photographer. It is clear that they do not want contact with the outside world.

Mascho Piro Spear

Nicolas «Shaco» Flores. The local peruvian man who was shot by an arrow after trying to come in contact with the Mascho-Piro tribe.

Nicolas Shaco Flores

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  1. February 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Atomic Yeti.

  2. February 2, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Awesome pictures.

    • February 2, 2012 at 12:53 am

      Really interesting to see how they live. Looks like it will be hard for them to continue like this in the future though.

  3. February 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm


  4. kt
    August 23, 2013 at 7:05 am

    To make it look at least a little less bleak for these fascinating natives, I’d like to correct your third sentence. They would never have seen cars. The jungle here is still far too isolated from “civilization” for any roads to exist. I’ve been to the rainforest near here while helping with research on macaws, and the only mode of transportation in this whole region is by boat. Loggers would similarly be restricted to moving trees by boat, so at least their homeland hasn’t been invaded by cars. There is also not as much air traffic as reports may make it seem (in three weeks I only heard one plane), although I’m sure even one plane would have been more than enough to make them extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully that means that there’s still adequate time to raise money and protect more land for them before we have a chance to taint their way of life. Thank you for posting all this fascinating information about them!

  5. May 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I’d like to find out more? I’d care to find out some
    additional information.

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