Illegal Brazillian miners are getting too close for the comfort of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe

Extraordinary new photos of an Amazonian tribe, isolated from modern civilisation, reveals they are enduring, despite the close threat of illegal gold miners.

Aerial photographs taken from a government plan has given us a first look into the lives of the uncontacted peoples close to the Venezuelan border. The photographed village depicts a Yano, or large communal house in which several indigenous families live.


The 100-person tribe photographed is situated within the Yanomami territory in Brazil, a huge land mass twice the size of Switzerland. This territory, made up largely of rainforest and mountains, is home to roughly 22,000 people.

Whilst the population suggests these people are growing, experts are concerned about mining activities in close proximal to the tribe, and posit there is a high chance the civilisation could be wiped out.

There has also been reports of violence from the miners towards these vulnerable people.

The photos show the inhabitants of the Yano are perfectly capable of surviving, if just left alone. They show vast hunting and gathering skills that have allowed them to sustain their way of life up until this point.

It is estimated there are around 100 ‘Lost Tribes’ around the world, most of which are in the Amazon. These anomalous people need to have their land protected from impeding mining projects to allow for their community to survive the way we all want them to.