CNN, BBC, and News Australia amongst other have this week reported on spotting what is thought to be the last uncontacted tribe on Earth deep in the Brazilian jungle. Now the debate rages amongst the FUNAI, the Brazilian government organisation for indigenous populations and those proposing and opposing making first contact. This is an important dialogue considering the threat posed to uncontacted tribes by illegal loggers operating Brazilian jungles.
It makes sense in the first thought that the developed western world has much to offer the undeveloped world. This is especially true if we continue to use problematic terms like ‘developed’ and ‘undeveloped’. As one one viewer response on a youtube post states:“...i bet they don't Rape,Murder,rob,Torture their neighbours...start wars over greed and watch as millions die in religious genocide....and we think we're civilized...........fuckin hilarious.”
More importantly, as you will see in the images of the attached videos, uncontacted tribes often seek ways to avoid making contact with outsiders, one tribe indicating this with crossed spears at the borders of their territory. This is truly therefore a consideration of want and need from a superior to inferior perspective; they want a solitary lifestyle but we believe they need our advanced technologies. We believe our superiority over their presumed inferiority is validated, like a parent would to a child who doesn’t know what’s good for them.
Isn’t it annoying when you tell someone what you want and they end up giving you what they think is better instead. Friends of mine recently experienced this at their wedding where a gift registry was purposely ignored by some guests preferring to give something they thought was more useful. The result being that the couple ended up with doubles of some essentials and odds and ends that did not suit their decor.
A gift registry is trivial matter though when considering a people group who are clearly requesting no contact and a world eager to smother them with good intentions of helping the tribe ‘catch up’ to our own cultural and technological development.
Like we are taught to do in a myriad of personal development books for our working teams and our families, we need to listen to people to give them what they want - in this case - protection and to leave them well alone.