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. M.CLARK

    If the drug trafficers havent destroyed them the christians will. These are people who have lived in harmony with the earth for thousands of years and have hurt no one. Look at what christianity has done to the world. Over population, pollution, destruction of the enviroment, devisiveness, wars in the name of God. Hope these innocent people survived some how and will be left alone as an example of how humans can live in harmony.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • nightsun2k7

      I 100% agree!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • purnellmeagrejr

      Agree with about half your post – the God part is only part (along with Gold and glory.)

      August 9, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • alex delarge

      how on earth does a religious belief increase pollution?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Do you really need it explained? Religious people are often encouraged to "be fruitful," "not use birth control," and to "not allow the woman in the home to make decisions with their body." Also, they are discouraged from being environmentally conscious since heaven awaits and Earth is just a hotel room you can wreck. Now go out there and make some babies, cause Zeus demands it.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Boogie

      Ok...I'll do the simple math for you....Each human in America alone creates around 64 tons of trash and waste.
      The POPE and the Catholic church have banned (with no biblical proof) any form of birth control among Catholics for any reason whatsoever...It is called a sin against god.
      Millions of Catholics would use birth control if the Pope said it was ok...they don't want to they don't and millions more babies are born.... Religion = Pollution...FACT

      August 9, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • The Pope

      condemn all birth control thus allowing massive breeding to unsustainable levels
      not enough food to eat
      not enough of anything
      more poor africans = more people sh!tting outside
      = more garbage = more pollution

      August 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jessica

      because the belief is that this world is for us to use as there is a whole new world in the after life that matters more than our lives here on earth.

      we humans are "boss" of this land and animals. Therefore, we are superior. It's our right to use this planted in the ways we see fit.

      also, republicans (whom are mostly christians ) STILL do not believe in global warming..therefore...

      August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      By believing birth control is a sin and goes against some gospel. Look how many kids the Catholics pop out.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bonita

      Secularists polluted the planet with greed and immorality.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Friend from Brazil

      perhaps for condemning birth control?

      August 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Friend from Brazil

      for condemning birth control, perhaps?

      August 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Friend from Brazil

      huh, for condemning the use of birth control perhaps?

      August 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ken

      I dont know about living in harmony with the earth. More like did their best to survive in the harsh jungle. Even still, contact with the modern world will destroy their way of life that is no doubt.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • UncleSam

      Let's send them lots of iPhone and iPads..... wellcome to the Apple world!

      August 10, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      You just had to bring your hatred of Christianity into this, didn't you, M.Clark? It seems that YOU are the divisive one here.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • mad cow

      I thought christians sanctioned military, the many crusades. Did they not come to the America's and spread disease and steal the natives lands? May be they wanted to convert the indiginous people so they could save them....

      August 9, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      It's hard not to hate Christianity after your eyes are opened. They promote breeding in an over populated World for the purpose of easily brainwashing children. They promote the destruction of of indigenous populations. They promote hatred of original thought. The only good thing I can say about Christianity is that it's made a good workforce and malleable society for us free thinkers to take advantage of.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • C.MARK


      Oh, get off it, mate.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Info.

      You are pure evil. So every problem in the world is because of Christ and Christianity!!
      Why don't you pack and join you ancestors. I bet you are a good candidate for that.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      No... it is because of what has been done in Christs name... most religions don't try to ram their junk down your throat, pardon the pun.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • amadeo122

      only about 90 % of problems are because of you christians in the US and because it's in the US it has direct repercussion in the world. Those cocaine traffickers exist because you in the US need drugs to be happy, you are the ones who consume that crap, 70 % of all drugs. Those values of christianity and purity and other bulls**t oppress people and drive them into drug addiction. We don't live in the times of the partridge family anymore, actually we never had.

      August 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      'Pure Evil' ????? bit strong. there have been wars for thousands of years and the main cause will be money, power and then I think it's fair to say that all religions/belief systems if strong enough are indeed the main driver toward war. then of course when you have desimated a country, may as well grab it's gold, oil or any other resources whilst you're there eh?
      Have you not learned people........don't attack the Christians, they will go mad........tutting and apparently calling you Pure Evil!

      August 10, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Exactly. Wars did not exist before Christianity! The global population held steady before Christianity. And don't get me started on those polluting Christians! You know they're the reason the dead sea is no longer the ""lively sea full of fish and dolphins", right?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Wendy

      As long as man has walked the earth, there have been wars. Judaism is the oldest religion on earth...I dare you to call them Christians!

      August 9, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ajs

      Wars didn't exist before Christianity? Surely your joke. There were hundreds if not thousands of wars before Christ. I can't list them all but here are a few: All of the Roman conquests, Alexander the Great's wars, ever hear of Hannibal? What about the Trojan Wars? I can go on and on but I think or hope you get the idea that you aren't even close to being right.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Now that's just silly. As if the ancient greeks, babylonians, sumarians and many many other ancient civilizations didn't engage in religious warfare! Nonsense! Religious warfare has been fought for as long as the human species has had religion, and there is archeological discoveries that suggest that even neanderthal engaged in some form of religious practices.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • djdeej94

      Umm really, you SUUUURE about that Mr Bill? and you quoted "Exactly. Wars did not exist before Christianity!" Bill, you are complete and TOTAL FOOL! Check your historical facts, maybe BEFORE 2000 years ago. Your hatred of Christians has made you into a total and complete ignorant FOOL of the world and ALL ITS HUMAN HISTORY! hahaha Your remarks are pointless and merit no factual baseline... "no wars existed before Christianity?" Baahaha... I'm still laughing.. good one... I supposed it was the eggs fault the chicken crossed the road too right? LOL Stupid people make me smile.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kleineganz

      Bill, wars have existed since the earliest human civilizations first arose. Christians were not the first, and certainly will ot be the last, to conduct war. FYI, I am Atheist.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • One Day

      Wars did not exist before Christianity!? What are you talking about. Go hide under the rock you've been hiding under.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin Case


      August 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie Rockelmann

      The Dead Sea is D E A D due to the fighting over the water and the legal and illegal siphoning and the people who live on both sides of the Jordan throwing their trash and everything else in it. Also, the water is being drained off faster than it can replenish. Watch what happens when they compete the pipeline down to the Red Sea.

      August 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Wow Bill ... Wars did most certainly exist before Christianity. If you've studied history to any extent you'd know that wars have been around A LOT longer than the past 2,000 years. If your point is that religious extremism fuels the fires of war, I'd agree with you. God, Gold, & Glory seem to be big motivators, but it can be anyone's god, any economically valuable resource, and, of course, power.

      August 10, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • sbast18

      Wars did not exist before Christianity....? Riiiight. Guessing you haven't read much about world history and the development of pre-Christian societies.

      August 10, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      I think it is cruel not to open their eyes to the progress we have made.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      Not at all – I was JUST there with local tribes, and they are happy the way they are. Go spend a week there, then talk about what's cruel. What's cruel is what we do to them.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • nepawoods

      If they're indeed dead, it was our progress that killed them. Including most especially our "war on drugs".

      August 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • maglin

      To Me ; From MAGLIN South Africa, Yes! I agree, lets show them the progress we have made and they are missing out on, Riots in UK, war In Iraq, Famine in Somalia, War in India, Bombings in Afghamistan, Murder in the America, Crime in South Africa... must I carry on?
      We could learm more from them than they us!

      August 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • urdumb

      You call what weve done progress? I'd hide from us too..

      August 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jbee

      One man's progress is another man's extinction.

      August 10, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      Are you serious?Progress?You call all the wars and pollution progress?They don't have to pay rent, they don't have to worry about housing, they don't have to worry about their jobs, or if their government will raise taxes, or if their children will get the right education bc of government cut.I bet they are way happier than we are.
      Now they have to worry about their life's, bc of our so called progress in using drugs.

      August 10, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • m.clark

      ....yeah, because no other group of people have contributed to ANY other devistation in this world. moronic and arrogant statement, m.clark.......

      August 9, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • avn

      Sorry M, but overpopulation is primarly occurring in countries where Hinduism or Buddhism are dominant (India and China). Wars are started by all sorts of people, including Christians, Jewish, and Muslim faiths, as well as non-secular societies. I give you that environmental issues are dominant where people use more resources due to affluence, but this is not because they're Christian, its because they are wealthy (and I do not agree that the two go hand in hand either).

      August 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Sorry Avn, but India is a democratic country and atleast half of its population is comprised of Muslims and Christians. There is no relation between religion and population, FYI.

      August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      I'm no fan of Christianity, especially the rebooted Christianity 2.0, but you sure went out of your way to attack them with no real connection to this story at all. It's time to get over being the only little boy in your parish that didn't get molested. Jealousy and bitterness are pure poison.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ReligiousDebater

      @Alex Delarge

      Most religions encourage helping the weak by increasing their standard of living, sometimes at the cost of people more "appropriately equiped for surviaval." An increase in standard of living these days typically involves mass production and pollution. By helping the poor, you are hurting the Earth. Plus, religion interferes with natural selection, which makes the species as a whole weaker.

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

      Sorry you're having a bad day, MClark. I didn't realize that Christians invented war, the industrial revolution, etc, etc. All those stories of inter-native fighiting in the new world, and the wars of the ancient civilizations must be a wholly invented story of the Church. Probably why you'll also never see a church sponsored hospital or school or orphanage or soup kitchen or...oh, wait. Maybe you will find that. Perhaps, M-Clark, Christians may have added more to the world than your limited, hatefilled world view can stand. I realize you're having a bad day...I hope I'm not making it any worse....

      August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Xerxes 2011

      "Kill all Indians in the name of God!", "take the women and children as captives, in the name of God", "Plunder and take the gold and resources, in the name of God!"....looks a bit overly abused on " the name of God!", I guess those who are at fault feel that if they use that at the end of their sentences, that will justify all actions, WRONG!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      I agree, but I'd like to add that Islam is hard at work to catch up with Christianity and the damage it has done to humanity.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      It would be ignorant to blame Christianity for the worlds problems. What you are stating are highly unrelated with any religion at all. In fact it would be easier to look at a mirror. What you call over population, pollution, destruction of the enviroment, divisiveness and war are of human greed and inequality around the world. And if you haven't realized, most religions do not promote war or destruction of the world. Most promote world peace. Please I beg of you to know what you are stating before ranting on a post read by thousands of people all over the globe. Little things like these promote hatred and begin the evergoing cycle.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kstaff

      Yes, because if anyone can be blamed for all of the world's problem, it's the Christians. lol I don't think any specific religious group can be blamed for pollution and overpopulation. If anything, I think the greatest threat to these tribe folk are the drug traffickers with machine guns transporting illegal drugs. Not Christians, Jews, or Muslims, just some drug traffickers.

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

      What are you talking about? I get it, you hate Christians, and that's fine. But overpopulation, pollution, destruction of the enviroment, devisiveness, wars? You're going to blame those all on Christians? There's no logic in that mentality. All those issues you mentioned are human issues. They existed before Christianity, and they'll exist if and when Christianity no longer exist. Your blind hatred of Christians has impacted your logic, I think. And I also think you're exaggerating the attributes of the native tribe. We know absolutely nothing about them, and yet you claim they "have lived in harmony with the earth for thousands of years and have hurt no one". They only basis you have to go on this is that they are not Christian. And there's no common sense in that statement. Again, all the negative issues you claim are are a part of Chistianity are in fact "human attributes", and these indigenous people may have them as well.

      If you stub your toe tomorrow, are you going to blame Christianity for it?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • nollaig

      perhaps a little simplistic, but I would agree entirle with M Clark's observations – all churches are rotten to the core and have always been more concerned with cash generation and retention than spirituality – spiituality by definition has nothing to do with logic and a structured church – these poor divils are merely 21 st centuries dodos – in the wrong place at the wrong time – nothing more – what will be done to save their way of life – ANSWER – will depend on which section of which dept of which nationality etcetera et cetera – they will have been eradicated long be4 a budget has been agreed to conserve their way of life . .. . .. .. .. . this isnt cynicism, this is how the human race rolls – and yes we are a wonderful creature – i know, that is cynicism

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

      M.Clark, you are just ignorant! and people like you make the world a worse place that it already is.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • SCY

      This article had nothing to do with Christianity, but the poster had an agenda to advance and thus an irrelevant bigoted post...because all war is caused by Christianity, all pollution is caused by Christianity, the population explosion is caused by Christianity...what nonsense. The most polluted country of the last century: Russia (atheist), the most polluted country of present century: China (atheist), countries with largest population boom: Mideast and sub-saharan Africa (Muslim, Indigenous, Christian). Greatest slaughter of the last century: Russia, Nazi Germany and Maoist China (Atheist, Teutonic Mythology, Atheist)...what nonsense and factually incorrect...

      It would be as if I was robbed by a black man and I subsequently blamed all black men for all your bigotry for your next neo-nazi meeting.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your statement is one of the most naive things I've heard in a long time. History should show you how well tribal groups live in harmony with their surroundings. Purporting that this group lived (or lives) in perfect harmony with nature ignores the historical trend over the past 5000 years. The Chaldeans, Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Germanic tribes and many more through the current day have clearly demonstrated their harmony with the world around them by dominating their neighbors and later being conquered by other groups. So before you claim that any group somehow lives in perfect harmony, consider history.

      Using Christianity as an escape goat for degending your perfect harmony theory also neglects to recognize the historical trend. All the groups aforementioned had distinctive religious perspectives and they also killed many people and abused the environment. Simply isolating a group from global society does not make them better people or more harmonious. Accomplishing those things requires changing peoples perspectives about life and the world around them.

      Blaming religion alone (let alone only Christianity) for atrocities is similar to blaming victims for being victimized. Of course religions are responsible for what they teach, but people are the ones who make choices to harm others and often abuse their religious persuasions in the process. Claiming religion is the problem is ridiculous. Many "atheists" and "non-religious" people have committed many atrocities as well. People commit atrocities. Sure, some religious people commit violent deeds, but their religion is just a cover for personal issues and perspectives. People are responsible for their own actions whether or not they want to misuse their religion to accomplish them.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      M.Clark – Do you have children? Do you eat, shower, drive a car, etc? Those who also leave carbon footprints themselves and procreate themselves, should not criticize others. To blame all wars on christianity is ridiculous. I respect the fact that you don't believe in God. I don't judge you for that, it's not my place. I just wish those who have different beliefs would respect the fact that everyone has different beliefs. Just because I don't believe the same thing you do, doesn't mean I am wrong and you're right. It just means we are different with opposing opinions and beliefs. You obviously had a VERY bad experience/es with christians in your life and I am sorry for that. There are WAY too many "Christians" that hide behind "their faith" when they are judgemental, hypocritical, and evil. I have been around enough of them myself, but they aren't true christians. A true christian will accept you for who you are, not what you can do for them. Take care.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc o

      "living in harmony with the Earth"? Get real! I live in Central America and see Indigenous people daily. They don't live in harmony with the Earth, they are merely trying to survive the elements. Your "living in harmony..." idea is something created in liberal school text books by people who couldn't possibly stand the idea that idigenous people live in the wild because they haven't figured how not to. The romanticized "Dances with Wolves" image of indigineous people is not true, in my opinion. Now, I'm not saying the Christian movement is the ideal, but given the choice of "living in harmony" or living in air conditioning with running water, the Indians would take the latter....guaranteed!

      August 9, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • DaveMayhem

      Your are ignorant of every topic you mentioned in your misplaced diatribe, and you demonstrate the typical smirking ethnocentrism of an uneducated westerner. Your assumption that these peoples "live in harmony" and "have never hurt anyone" reveals to us that your understanding of anthropology in general and jungle people groups in particular is poor at best. I'd suggest doing more to understand the topic than just watching Avatar.

      I have known many, many Christian missionaries and even been one myself. I have been a part of missionary teams that saved the lives of hundreds of indigineous people through simple hygiene, disease prevention/vaccination, and basic agricultural skills. If you think that these peoples live in the abundance of some jungle paradise, you are wrong. The jungle is a hostile place with extremely limited edible resources. It is, in fact, quite easy to starve in the jungle. Diseases are as prevalent as the insects that carry them. The soil is poor and the land difficult to cultivate. Many of these people groups are actually nomadic to a certain extent, moving through the jungle in search of what limited food might be available. This is part of why these tribes can disappear so easily and why there are still "undiscovered" tribes in the region. It would not be so if they stayed in permanent settlements.

      You talk about peacefulness. In fact, many of these tribes are extremely violent or have been so until very recently. Mass murder of enemy tribes including women and children, ritual mutilation and cannabalism of enemies has been common at least into late 20th century and probably still exists. Many tribes are manipulated by shamans who use powerful narcotics to "speak to spirits" and actively foment conflict between tribes.

      Despite the false parallels you may wish to draw, this stands in stark contrast to what most Christian missionaries come to offer: peaceful resolution of conflict, real medecine, and education that enriches life and mitigates the need for the constant, uncertain, and sometimes desperate migrations in search of food. Not to mention entirely unneccesary deaths from preventable or cureable diseases. To lump such missionaries in with the Spanish conquistadores in the 16th century or the English Crusaders is false and unhelpful in an honest discussion of the issues.

      At one time, your ancestors (and mine) were living similar nomadic lifestyles, with the search for sustenance and shelter cominating our thoughts and evolutionary development. Then, over time, we acquired knowledge that allowed us to put down roots, to apply thought to things other than food, and to create for ourselves real culture. Would you prefer to be living in a cave, hoping that you might make it through the winter? I don't think so. So who are you to decide for these tribal people that they should be left to ignorance and needless death? The amazon is not a theme park and these are not captive animals, to be preserved for our entertainment.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. nightsun2k7

    Is it possible that if the war on drugs was stopped (since it never has and never will work) that maybe, just maybe the war on humans that the cartels wage might also stop....or at least slow way down.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Agreed. Prohibition of drugs kills far more people than the drugs themselves.

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

      We can only hope that people wake up and start to internalize these issues instead of ignore them. The head in the sand mentality seems to be the way of the world though I guess.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karma

    Guys they are called indian as Columbus had ventured out to find INdia and he landed in North America.He called these people Indian as his mition was to reach India during those days.Thats how the name Indian for North American tribes came...

    August 9, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • alex delarge

      thank you third grade history class. Please alert the presses with your groundbreaking news.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick A.

      No. Really? Thanks for the update Sherlock. Did you just learn that in 3rd grade?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick A.

      Hahaha. Alex I thought 3rd grade history at the same time as you.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      First come, first named. They are called Skrælings, not Indians. Duh!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Darthlawsuit

      This might be 3rd grade stuff but many people don't know about it. Seems the fail trools don't know either and are covering up their failings.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • amadeo122

      that third grade knowledge is equivalent to a University degree knowledge in the US

      August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Franny

    @Chris- They are called Indians in Brazil and Peru. The word Indian means native in their language.
    @Shalise- Do you really think that being photographed is why drug Traffikers attacked this group? They already know that these groups of natives are there. They dont wipe them out because they saw them on CNN. It's an inconvenience to the grups who use this remote places to hide their business.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      The word Indian is used to describe people living in India. It does not mean native. Columbus went out looking for India and he thought he found it when he actually found North America. Therefore native people in South America are NOT Indians.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I would guess that the helicopter probably scared them a lot more than people who look like them?

      August 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam the Sham

    How did this become a legalization issue? Do you people really think that if drugs are legalized that all of these dangerous, evil people will suddenly legitamize and not find another for profit illegal interprise? Poor, ignorant sheep.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • petercha

      Good point, Sam.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • nightsun2k7

      Your own American history has proven that prohibition doesn't work.....when's the last time you heard of someone getting shot by an alcohol cartel?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Me

      And we can only dry up one cash flow at a time. Drugs are the first.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Exactly Nightsun... unfortunately peoples outlook on drugs is usually formed by a healthy mix of ignorance and blind faith in government. And he calls others sheep. Man, their kool-aid must be good 😉

      August 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Trying to protect men from man is like sweeping leaves on a windy day. The INDIANS were displaced or killed and that is a catastrophe, but the thousands that we have killed or displaced in the name of deforestation is okay?

    August 9, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Paul

    This was a hoax... back in 2009. Holy cripes CNN.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      The picture I mean BTW hahaha

      August 9, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jacques poutine

      except the picture was first shown last february and your little hoax was 3 years before that in a different country with a different tribe and totally different unrelated photos. did you even read the article? or is your mouth where you usually crap out of?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      what do you base that on?

      August 9, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Malchick

      And, actually, even that 2008 photo wasn't a hoax:

      August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dooper

      That was a different picture, Paul!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. SantaFeJack

    Word to the wise: Next time you discover a group like this, keep your mouths shut! Publicity only brings destruction to people like this. If it hadn't been drug smugglers, it would have been some other group trying to profit off of them , and destroying/disturbing them in the process.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Bringing attention to the tribe can also encourage people to protect them.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Who the hell are we as "society" that think it is our right or duty to "protect" them from anything?

      August 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe in PA

    Why are they referring to these people as "indians" in this article? I understand how the name came about but why are they using it now? I'm not up in arms about it being proper or anything. Just seems ignorant.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • pete

      It only seems ingnorant to you because you presume you are right. Fact is they really are called Indians. That is the word they use in their language to refer to native tribes.
      One should not assume that they know more than the next person, although I think I just described nearly everyone who posts on here.

      August 9, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. beautyspirit

    If they were really interested in protecting this tribe, then why were there pictures published in the first place. In my opinion, a guard post to protect an indigenous tribe, isn't much of a protection after you openly distributed there pictures for the world to see. Didn't they think that there might be a mass interest from outsiders from various sort to locate the tribe? It really saddens me, these people have been there probably for ages, no disruption and in one blow there way of life destroyed. I pray that they flee from the first sign of you hovering over there village, but that rucksack with a broken arrow confirms an altercation of some kind took place. Evidence left behind as proof of your poor protection. A search to locate all of them I am sure will be next to maintain your tranquility, then history will repeat once again.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      I doubt the people who ran them out did it because they saw a picture on the Internet. Think about it.

      August 9, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Their, there, and they're... they all mean different things. If you're going to rant, let's at least try a little okay?

      August 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pat

    Isn't Prohibition making society better?

    August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Crab People

    Oh who cares? It was about time those injuns grew up and got jobs. They were looking really stubid painting their bodies like teabaggers and trying to act like Bear Grylls.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      So they can become more "civilized" like you? They're better off in the woods than having to deal with your type. (I know you libs hate them because they're self-reliant, hard working and have no need for your government programs.)

      There, how's that for painting with a broom? See, conservatives can do it, too!

      August 9, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Crab People

      Um of course they need our government programs. Look how they ended up... nowhere to be seen. I say just tax the wealthy more and then we could afford homes to put these poor injuns in.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      I do not think that you could be any more ignorant, nor have I ever heard such an ignorant statement!

      August 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You guys should Google "Sarcasm"

      August 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      Dan, Trac ahahahahahahahahaha ah ha haha at you.

      August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LosingTrustInCNN

    Seriously?? This is a bogus story. This tribe is fake, it was already on CNN like 2 years ago as being a fake photo.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. ken

    they all look like spiderman.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. asdfghjkl

    All drug dealers should be executed.

    August 9, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ken


      August 9, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • nightsun2k7

      As long as you include big pharma.....that way you won't look like a right wing hypocrite.

      August 9, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
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