In February a stone age tribe of South American Indians were discovered, but no contact was made with them. Their lands were protected by guards in an effort to keep the tribe as unspoiled as possible. But now something terrible has happened: drug traffickers have overwhelmed the Brazilian guard station protecting the area and the entire tribe has gone missing.
One of the traffickers was captured, and in his rucksack authorities found a broken arrow. Carlos Travassos, the head of the Brazilian government’s isolated Indians department, said today, ‘Arrows are like the identity card of uncontacted Indians. We think the Peruvians made the Indians flee. Now we have good proof. 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.’
The guard post is on the Envira River, which is also an entryway for Peruvian coke smugglers to move their product into Brazil. It has been completely ransacked and all the equipment destroyed by men armed with submachine guns and rifles, who are lurking in the forests in the area.
Obviously this is a catastrophic event for the uncontacted Indian tribe, but it also feels like the first act of a pretty cool movie. I’m picturing a modern day Cannibal Holocaust, maybe, where the Indians flee into the jungle and lead the drug traffickers into more and more gruesome traps. Or maybe it’s a monster movie, with the Indians turning to unextinct dinosaur whom they worship as a god to take out the traffickers. The important thing is that whatever kind of movie this is, it’s the kind of movie where the drug traffickers get really royally fucked up.
The headline on this article is hopefully hyperbole and the 200 men, women and children of the village just fled before the terror of armed men crashing out of the jungle. Hopefully they’re okay and can get back to their regular business of being buzzed by planes taking pictures of them.