Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers
Aerial images of the uncontacted tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest were released in February.
August 9th, 2011
07:32 AM ET

Report: Amazon tribe may have fallen victim to drug traffickers

Suspected Peruvian drug traffickers have destroyed a guard post protecting a recently discovered indigenous tribe in Brazil's Amazon rain forest, the aid group Survival International reports.

Aerial film and still images of the tribe were first shown to the world in February. The Brazilian government's National Indian Foundation established the guard station near the tribe's territory along Brazil's border with Peru to protect the Indians from outsiders.

Survival International said Monday that Brazilian authorities can now find no sign of the tribe.

"We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. ... We are more worried than ever. This situation could be one of the biggest blows we have ever seen in the protection of uncontacted Indians in recent decades. It’s a catastrophe," Carlos Travassos, the head of Brazil's isolated Indians department, said in a Survival International statement.

Survival International reports the tribe's lands are near the Envira River, which Peruvian cocaine smugglers reportedly use as a route into Brazil.

Brazilian authorities report groups of men armed with machine guns and rifles are in the nearby forest, according to the aid group.

Authorities had recovered a drug trafficker's rucksack with a broken Indian arrow in it, Survival International reported.

"This is extremely distressing news. There is no knowing how many tribal peoples the drug trade has wiped out in the past, but all possible measures should be taken to stop it happening again. The world’s attention should be on these uncontacted Indians, just as it was at the beginning of this year when they were first captured on film," Survival International Director Stephen Corry said in a statement.

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  1. butterycomp

    If these people were left to live their lives as usual, they would not suffer from disease, famine, or any other plights that plague so called westernized, colonized nations... In 10 years CNN will be reporting on these people like they report on the people in Africa... These people don't need white intervention, their village is probably sitting on a gold mine.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. slicenandice

    Somehow, everything that happens these days is inevitably, often forcibly, linked back to religion. These posts are a prime example. Is this really about using the term "Indian" (and I'm from India) or about Christianity? Hardly. This is about greed (traffickers), survival and a government's inability to protect those who require protection. Most importantly, it's living, breathing history, perhaps, lost forever.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anthro.

    You are all weirdos.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      Why?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Better than being boring.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. johan

    Everything we touch turns to $h!t.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Stop touching yourself.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    I had a 17 legged 34 breasted 8 headed female alien living in my private back yard. I think the local drug dealers made her move because the were cutting through it through a hole in the fence. I wish I could find her. No one believes she existed.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Boris Badnov

      Oh My God! You found my mother in law!

      August 9, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Evan

    why are the red? I thought they were people in spiderman costumes.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Dammit, now all I can see are people in spiderman costumes.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      thye painted themselves red (or black) to display aggression or hostility....

      August 9, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • oxirix

      It's a tribe of spidermans and venoms that use to reside in brazil... this is where the spider that became 'radioactive' in the spiderman cartoon came from. look it up.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Orchid333

      There are theories that the red and black paint are signs of aggressions – warnings to scare off intruders. If I happend on those guys all painted up, I'd be scared.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ichi187um

      Exactly what i thought...and it proll is some dudes dressed up like spidey. Like they couldnt have taken a better pic then that with the cameras that are around today.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Ok now, that's just wrong. Damn funny... but wrong!

      August 9, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. wilbur

    Right wing forces did whatever killing was needed as usual.

    And as usual....they blame it on drugs, black people, Jews, Os-a ma B'L aden, Casey Anthony....to divert us from is really going on. Whatever is told by those in power is usually the opposite. For example, the civil rights march of 1963 was orchastratred to break up the black community just as was done in Africa.

    It worked very well. Before then they had a community of shops, churches.....now we have Walmart and they have jail.

    August 9, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      What planet are you on? Some people in the world (you) just need someone or something to be mad at and blame... Some people in the world (you) want to take no respnsibility for self.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • April

      I love conspiracy nutjobs. They're so much fun to laugh at!

      August 9, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • AlBr

      Is this sarcasm or have you missed your meds today?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You say "Right Wings" lay blame, but you are blaming them? What?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bess

    Just need to pass a law that allows drug trafficker's to be shot on sight....

    August 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      I know a boy that was kidnapped by the cartels and was forced to work for them or risk being killed and having his family killed if he didn't. He'd been rescued since, but do you think he should have been shot on sight?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tony Baloney

    I know exactly where they went...Ob ama tried to help them...now they're extinct...

    August 9, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      That's baloney, Tony.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. joe shmoe

    the world is ending!!!! Look at London, the middle east even wisconsin state fair! It's the planet of the apes for real!

    August 9, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony Baloney

      Right...and the one in charge is the biggest ape of all!

      August 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jayman419

    If drugs were legal, you wouldn't have producers and traffickers sneaking through the jungle murdering everything they come across.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Wow, how insightful! Who do we contact to spread this idea? It must be heard!

      August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Prohibition kills far more people than the drugs themselves.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Splice

    It was a hoax you idiots.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Hmmm, so the 'tribe of Spiderman impersonators' is gaining credibility?

      August 9, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. notborncynical

    Big men, those Peruvian drug traffickers to bring down an innocent tribe with only bows, arrows and dart guns against AK47s and God knows what. Big men.

    August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. hippypoet

    makes me sad and want to do some damage to the ones responsible, but that won';t do any good

    August 9, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • penquin3

      Anybody who does drugs is who did this. They are the ones that support the drug suppliers and so they are creating the demand. Until you end the drug trade, which will never happen probably, we will, as human beings, continue to destroy things for profit.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Any new ideas on how to make people stop doing drugs penguin? Everything that has been tried so far has only made things worse.
      Prohibition kills far more people than the drugs themselves.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. saintkid

    some of these comments are just so rude and sad to hear from other humans in our society,.
    actually it's disgusting. they don't know when to care and when not to .they don't know who is there enemy who is there friend.
    they are just preoccupied with being selfish hearing the sound of the voice, and reflections of there words on the computer screen. Haters

    August 9, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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