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Modern tribes living in isolation from civilization

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On July 1, 2014, seven members of the Amazon tribe emerged from the jungle and made their first contact with the rest of the world. This was due to a terrible and tragic necessity. Despite 600 years of Portuguese-Brazilian history, this tribe emerged only to mend relationships with its new neighbors.

According to Survival International, there are still about 100 so-called non-contact peoples in the world, although their real number is probably higher. Sources of these figures include observations from aircraft flying over isolated areas and reports of people living in the vicinity in contact with the natives.

In fact, “non-contact” is a bit of a misnomer, as it is likely that even the most isolated tribe in the world interacted with outsiders in some way, whether face-to-face or through tribal trade. However, these peoples are not integrated into the global civilization and retain their own customs and culture.

Non-contact people

In general, non-contact tribes show no interest in communicating with the outside world. One of the possible reasons for this behavior is fear. At the same time, the researchers note that non-contact peoples are excellently oriented in the forests and are well aware of the presence of strangers.

The reasons why a group of people might want to remain isolated can vary, but in many cases they just want to be left alone. Anthropologist Robert S. Walker of the University of Missouri (USA) also considers fear to be the main reason why non-contact tribes do not get in touch with civilization.

In today’s world, tribal isolation can be romanticized as opposing the forces of globalization and capitalism, but as Kim Hill, an anthropologist at Arizona State University, says, “There is no group of people who are voluntarily isolated because they think it’s cool not to have contact. with no one else on the planet. “

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As you can see in the photo, some tribes live in the most inaccessible places on the planet.

Is it worth being friends?

Technically speaking, most of these tribes had contact with the outside world in one way or another. The so-called “most isolated tribe in the world” first established contact with civilized society in the late 1800s, although they have since preferred to keep apart.

In Brazil, over the Amazon forests are regularly flown over wooded areas where tribal tribes live, not only out of anthropological curiosity, but also to ensure that illegal deforestation does not occur, as well as to confirm the survival of wildlife after natural disasters.

Tribes have the right to self-determination and the land on which they live. Since the arrival of strangers would radically change their way of life, and they clearly would not want it, it is believed that it is best for the outside world to stay away, and the peoples could determine their own future.

Historically, the affairs of the tribes with which we contacted did not work out right after the meeting. The reason is isolation – they simply lack immunity to many common diseases.

Moreover, there is a documented history of the first contacts that led to epidemics. Today, researchers are urging not to come into contact with tribal peoples due to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to National Geographic, the coronavirus is getting closer and closer to the Amazon tribes.

However, some anthropologists believe that isolated populations are not viable in the long term “and” well-organized contacts are today humane and ethical. The fact is that there are many cases when, soon after peaceful contact with the outside world, the surviving indigenous peoples quickly recovered from demographic disasters. It should be noted that this argument is rejected by most indigenous rights advocates and is somewhat lacking in evidence.


“The most isolated tribe in the world” lives in the Andaman Islands off the coast of India. Having come into contact with civilization in the 19th century, the tribe has since remained isolated and hostile to outsiders – the last official attempt to establish contact was made in 1996.

All further attempts to establish contact were not made, not only to protect the tribe from disease, but also because the natives tend to shoot arrows at anyone who comes too close. In 2018, American missionary John Chu decided to bring the word of God to the Sentinelians. However, the Tuzenians did not like his visit and they shot him.

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In the photo, a representative of the Sentinelians – the most uncontact people in the world

Today, this non-contact people remain a hunter-gatherer society that does not know agriculture. They have metal tools, but they can only make them from iron, which is extracted from nearby shipwrecks.

This tribe has remained isolated for so long that the languages ​​of neighboring tribes are incomprehensible to them, and the language of their own tribe remains unclassified. Scientists believe that the world’s most uncontacted tribe has existed in isolation for several hundred, if not thousands of years.

Javara tribe

The Javara tribe is another isolated people in India, also living in the Andaman Islands. They are a self-sustaining hunter-gatherer society and are reportedly quite happy and healthy.

In the early nineties, the local government presented a plan to introduce the tribe into the modern world, but recently it was decided to abandon it, even though recently there has been more communication between Jaravasi and outsiders due to the increase in settlements near their villages.

In 1998, members of the tribe began visiting the outside world. This contact caused two outbreaks of measles in a tribe whose inhabitants did not have immunity to it. The tribe is also increasingly being visited by lost tourists and new settlements nearby.

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Happy representatives of the Javaras tribe living in the Adaman Islands in India

Vale do Javari

The Javari Valley in Brazil is an area the size of Austria and is home to about 20 indigenous tribes. 2000 people out of 3000 living there are considered “non-contact”. There is very little information about these tribes, but researchers know that the natives use agriculture along with hunting, and also make metal tools and pots.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Brazilian government pursued a policy of establishing contacts with isolated tribes, but this was put to an end by the history of the Mathis tribe from the region. As a result of the diseases to which they were subjected, three of the five villages of the tribe were wiped off the face of the earth, and their population declined sharply. Today, the threat to these isolated tribal peoples comes from miners and lumberjacks.

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Vale do Javari non-contact tribe in Brazil

New Guinea

There is very little information about these isolated peoples, as the Indonesian government has done a good job of keeping people out of the highlands. However, some tribes have come into contact with the civilized world over the past century, while remaining rather isolated and retaining their traditions.

One of the most striking examples is the Dani people and their history. Located in the heart of Indonesian New Guinea, the tribe is in contact with the outside world, but retains its customs. This people is known for amputation of fingers, in memory of already dead comrades, they also widely use body paint. Although Dani has been in contact with the rest of the world since 1938, they give researchers an insight into the people we have yet to meet.

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Dani men look like this


Over the past century, contact with many of the Congo’s forest peoples has been infrequent. However, it is assumed that many isolated tribes still exist. The Mbuti, or “pygmies,” are a contiguous but isolated people who can give us an idea of ​​how other, unknown to scientists, non-contact tribes can live.

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Pygmies are actively in contact with the outside world

Mbuti are hunter-gatherers who perceive the forest as the parent that provides them with everything they need. They live in small, egalitarian villages and are mostly self-sufficient, but they trade with outside groups. Today their lifestyles are threatened by deforestation, illegal mining and genocide against the pygmies.


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Polar vortex: “wild” winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January

Polar vortex: "wild" winter is coming in the US, Northern Europe and East Asia after the 16th of January 95

In the upper atmosphere above the North Pole, experts saw a rapidly swirling vortex of cold air that could bring severe frosts to the United States, Northern Europe and East Asia. Serious cold snap and snowy weather are expected after January the 16th.

Snowfalls and a cold snap hit South Korea since the start of 2021, hitting historic snow maximums and temperatures. In the country, for the first time since 1964, television and newer communications are sending people cold snap warnings:

The situation is similar in Japan, where a new snow storm hit historic highs:

On January 7, the thermometer In Beijing dropped to -20 degrees Celsius, breaking the 1966 record. In other regions of China, the temperature is also not sugar, and you can only move around in special uniforms:

The cold even reached Taiwan, where the temperature in some areas dropped below freezing point, snow poured down and people realized that rice terraces can be used as a ski jump:

Even more snow went to Spain, where on January 6, 2021, a temperature of -34.1 ° C was recorded – the lowest on record. After that, a snow storm hit the country, which has not been seen for 80 years:

The same thing happens in Canada and in the northern states of the United States:

It seems that after a stratospheric warming, the subpolar vortex began to split:

The vortex itself is a standard phenomenon. However, this time experts were surprised at his movement. It is possible that in the near future it will be divided into two parts. 

Scientists associate the strange behavior with the changed climate in the Arctic, which has become warmer. From September to December, the amount of ice cover decreased significantly.

The polar vortex is a low-pressure region located in the stratosphere and filled with cold air. When the jet stream of air that holds the vortex weakens, the low pressure area moves south. 

As the ice shrinks, more moisture will move inland. It will turn to snow, so snowfalls are expected. Snow, in turn, reflects heat, leading to a cold snap.

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Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared

Hospital in Naples was evacuated after a new, huge sinkhole appeared 96

Eyewitnesses said they heard a loud crash at dawn when a huge hole in the ground formed outside the Ponticelli Ospedale del Mare hospital in eastern Naples.

Early in the morning of January 8, 2021, a sinkhole occurred in the parking lot of a clinic in Naples. The depth of the formed cavity is about 20 meters, the total area of ​​the hole is about 2,000 square meters.

No casualties were found at the scene; firefighters say the sinkhole “affected an area of ​​about 500 square meters” and engulfed several cars parked near the hospital.

As the press writes and as a little can be seen from the videos, rescuers and firefighters were running around the pit together with the governor of the area.  But who should be there in the forefront are Italian geologists, since Naples stands in the very center of the volcanic system known as the Phlegrean Fields.

If the surface collapsed, moreover – the surface reinforced with concrete and reinforced from below with some kind of communications, then we are talking about serious soil deformations caused by the activity of magma.

Italy has been in doubt since the summer of 2020, because swarms were observed there in very atypical places in May, and according to the forecasts of old Italian seismologists, who had witnessed many strong earthquakes, it should have boomed in the August region.

Fortunately, nothing bad happened to Italy and there was no big earthquake. But, since there are swarms, it means that something is being prepared, the magma is gathering strength. 

Following this particular sinkhole event – an obvious sign that a major earthquake in Italy is already very close.

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A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China

A new great pandemic cycle has begun (again) in China 97

In the first months of 2020, the whole world with a certain fright followed the events unfolding in China, where people fell on the streets during the day and astronauts wandered, and in the evening crematoria began to smoke. And now, with the onset of December, the cycle seems to be repeating itself.

Shunyi area in Beijing, where the authorities announced “wartime status” the day before. As you can see in the videos, thousands of people are lined up in the queue for mandatory testing:

Dalian city, where “wartime” is also declared. Neighborhoods are blockaded, people are walled up in entrances, familiar characters of George Lucas roam the streets:

Chinese ‘rescuers’, before performing a combat mission:

Chengdu City:

Daluo Port, Yunnan – tourists came for adventure and they received the ‘time of their life’ after leaving the ramp:

If something happens in Beijing, it does not mean that tomorrow the same will happen everywhere. However, the trend towards such dynamics is observed and, as the practice of the first wave of the pandemic has shown, all countries and people, to one degree or another, have taken into account the ‘Chinese experience’. 

Therefore, one must think that everything will now be in peace, as in spring – a new global round of the fight against the Covid has begun in China, a new great pandemic cycle!

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