Brazilian Indians - June8,2008TheNewYorkTimes THEWORLD ByJOHNNOBLEWILFORD

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June 8, 2008   The New York Times THE WORLD Twilight for the Forest People  By  JOHN NOBLE WILFORD The world is closing in on the few remaining people who live in such  remote isolation as to seem not of this world.  They dwell in crude thatched huts in forest depths and subsist by  hunting and fishing and gathering plants and berries. They know  nothing of television, the Internet or, it is safe to say, the Big Bang. But  some have seen airplanes flying over, sometimes swooping low over  their settlements. A reminder of their situation came recently with the publication of aerial  photographs of the encampment of a tribe in the upper reaches of the  Amazon River in Brazil, near the border with Peru. The pictures showed  a line of neat huts and people looking up at the small airplane. Two  men, their faces and bodies painted red, raised bows and arrows as a  pointed warning to the intruder. As survivors whose continued survival is very much in doubt, these last  primitive tribes hidden away in the planet’s most remote reaches pose a  dilemma for their would-be protectors: whether to leave them to their  fate or to assimilate them into the larger world before they are  extinguished. Neither course promises a happy ending.  If they remain isolated, these populations may cling to their way of life a  little longer. Some have moved deeper into the rainforest, away from 
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Brazilian Indians - June8,2008TheNewYorkTimes THEWORLD ByJOHNNOBLEWILFORD

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