Oil Exploration in Amazon Threatens “Unseen” Tribes


This article kind of reminded me of the wilderness discussions we have had in the past over what it truly is and whether it still exists. This article takes a look at a native Indian group in the Peruvian Amazon that is considered to be one of the last “unseen” tribes in the world. Apparently people have seen these natives rarely when the tribe ventures to shore for turtle eggs although there has not been any recent established contact.

The reason this “unseen” tribe is becoming such a concern is because with such scarcities of oil, developers and oil companies are starting to seek the Amazon for extra oil supply. Outside contact for such an “unseen” tribe could imply devastating effects. Isolated Indian tribes (estimated to be 15 different uncontacted tribes) are vulnerable to any outsider diseases because they have no immunity built up.

A current U.S. oil firm Barrett Resources and Spain’s Repsol-YPF company are setting up specific code on what their workers should say to such an “unseen” native if encountered while seeking oil spots in the area. They have chosen to take much caution in the ways they choose to interact; the only problem is that most likely the last time such tribes had came into contact with outsiders they were enslaved or killed by rich rubber barons.

Currently there is much debate on the matter in which these remote, un-connected to the real-world people, should be left alone. One social rights group, Racimos has threatened to sue oil companies for genocide if they enter such “unseen” natives natural environment.

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