Thirty-person expedition, including Funai officials and a doctor, contacted and vaccinated 34 people from the Korubo tribe
Brazil’s biggest and most ambitious expedition in decades to contact a willingly isolated indigenous tribe has been testified a success after venturing deep into remote and inaccessible Amazon jungle.
The rare, high-risk expedition aimed to prevent potential conflict between tribal groups in a enormous and remote reserve near Brazil’s Peruvian border.
Thirty people, including officials from its indigenous organization Funai, indigenous people from four local tribes, a doctor and medical officials, successfully contacted and vaccinated 34 people from the Korubo tribe.
” We had some extraordinary times which we will never forget. Our hope is that[ the Korubos ‘] lives are good from here on ,” said safarus chairman Bruno Pereira, head of the department of isolated and recently contacted indigenous at Funai.
The Funai expedition constituted contact with group of 34 Korubo people, including eight humankinds, six females, children and three babies, Funai said in a statement. The group lives by hunting and plantations of cultivates like banana, corn and manioc.
The expedition set off along the Coari river in the Javari Valley, a remote and inaccessible indigenous reserve the dimensions of the Austria, on 3 March. The densely forested substitute of nearly 31,000 sq miles- residence to about 6,000 indigenous people from eight tribes and 16 willingly isolated groups- is merely accessible by barge or helicopter.
Among its 30 members were six Korubo people who had previously moved contact. They examined the forest for over a few weeks, discovering the isolated group’s village on 13 March but not the tribespeople. On 19 March, Xuxu Korubo, himself simply contacted in 2015, and others satisfied two men from the isolated group out hunting- both Xuxu’s friends. When the whole group was together he found a third friend and others satisfied relatives they had not seen in years.
” It was particularly emotional ,” said Pereira.” They were hugging, crying a lot .”
One member of the isolated group had malaria but has been treated and they have all now been vaccinated for viruses such as measles and flu that can prove deadly to indigenous people with no immunity.” They’re well, they’re strong ,” Pereira said.