The Not-So-Lost Tribe

The Not-So-Lost Tribe
by Mike Krumboltz
June 23, 2008 06:09:40 PM

Even in an age when cynical sleuths can hyper-analyze stories for truth and accuracy, the occasional hoax still slips through the cracks. Such was the case with a so-called “lost Amazon tribe.”

A few months ago, mainstream news outlets (including, ahem, Yahoo!) reported that a photographer had found a lost tribe of warriors near the Brazilian-Peruvian border. Photos of the tribe backed up his claim.

As it turns out, the story is only half true. The men in the photo are members of a tribe, but it certainly ain’t “lost.” In fact, as the photographer, José Carlos Meirelles, recently explained, authorities have known about this particular tribe since 1910. The photographer and the agency that released the pictures wanted to make it seem like they were members of a lost tribe in order to call attention to the dangers the logging industry may have on the group.

The photographer recently came clean, and news outlets, perhaps embarrassed at having been taken for a ride, have been slow to pick up the story. Now, the word is starting to spread and articles in the Buzz are picking up steam. Expect a lot more brutal truth in the coming days.


Yeah, I knew this would happen sooner or later. This tribe was made news seven or eight years ago. The news story back than even said the tribe was in danger from logging. Also, news reporters reporting about “new” people or things in order to call attention to a danger to said people or thing is an old trick the media likes to use. I await the day when journalim will return.

Hey…come on now! A little charity is in order here. They are a primitive tribe right? No GPS? They could easily be lost. Heck, I can get lost in Phoenix without my GPS. :wink: :smiley:

What I heard on the news the same day this photo was released was that this tribe was a tribe the Brazilian government was aware of and that the tribe had chosen not to have contact with the modern world since “first contact” decades ago. The Brazilian government has strict no contact rules, meaning that tribes can not be disturbed by outsiders unless the tribe choses to have contact. Tribes that chose not to have contact are monitored in non-invasive ways.

Thats what i heard to. They were a just a tribe that just hadn’t had contact in many many years hence the idea of “lost”. I think the title of the photo was too sensualized and people just didn’t read the whole story.

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