15 Isolated Tribes Cut Off From Modern Society

15 Isolated Tribes Cut Off From Modern Society


• From groups of natives living just outside
city limits to tribes discovered by accident wandering the forest, we count 15 small civilisations
untouched by modern society 15 – The Yahi Group
• This is part of a larger group known as the Yana people, a tribe of Native Americans
indigenous to Northern California and the Sierra Navada Mountains
• In the 1700s, their numbers exceeded 1500, but when the Gold Rush took place, miners
and ranchers stormed their location and slaughtered a huge amount of them – simply for defending
their homeland • A man named Ishi was the last surviving
members of this group – since his custom is that he would be introduced to a friend by
his family, and his family were all dead, he would never reveal his true name and instead
the word for man “Ishi” became his name • He taught people how to make professional
arrowheads and bows before his death in 1916 • Today, certain members of the Yana people
still survive, but none of the Yahi 14 – Vietnamese Ruc
• It was during the Vietnam War, when bombs fell left and right on presumably-uncivilised
regions that it scared locals natives so much that they finally stormed out of their jungle
to the amazement of Vietnam soldiers • Because the jungle were so heavily damaged,
the Ruc tribe had no choice except to join modern civilisation rather than go back to
the smouldering ruin that was their home • It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though
– their tribe values clashed with government ideals, and hatred from both parties formed
13 – Awá-Guajá People • These guys are an endangered indigenous
group living in the eastern Amazon forests of Brazil
• There only exists around 300 currently, with less than a hundred totally isolated
from the outside world – but the problem is loggers continually encroach on their land,
and the Brazilian government were slow to block off the area so that they’d survive,
so most of their numbers were massacred including an 8 year old girl in 2011, who happened to
be inside a protected area when loggers destroyed their camp
• Theirs has been voted by Survival International as “earth’s most threatened tribe”
12 – Batak Tribe • A group of people generally thought to
be the first inhabitants of the Philippines were once a large, prosperous people – but
today, disease brought by outsiders kill a lot of their community and government laws
forbid traditional ways of farming • Once Survival International heard about
this, they launched a campaign to give back their rights and land, to showcase what effect
their laws and regulations have on the Batak • But today, we see less than 300 members,
and since they tend not to marry other Batak members but occasionally those from another
tribe, their bloodline has diluted to a point where some contest their people barely exist
as a distinct entity 11 – The Pintupi
• Western Australia, a group of nine hunter-gatherer desert-dwelling people who survived without
society until 1984 – they made contact with the relatives near Kiwirrkurra who informed
them about a strange place where food was plentiful and water came out of pipes
• They were intrigued, but one member Yari Yari returned to the desert, whereas the others
would settle in Kiwirrkurra, and a few even became pseudo-celebrities for their artistic
abilities 10 – Jackson Whites
• The 1700s, the final hours in Europe’s colonisation of North America’s East Coast
when all tribe people from the Atlantic to the Mississippi were documented and catalogued
• Then, New York in 1790, an unheard of tribe of Native Americans waltzed out of the
forest like they hadn’t even existed before that point
• Wars had raged, wars against natives and yet the Jacksons had avoided it all
9 – The Akuntsu • This is an indigenous tribe from Rodonia,
Brazil, and like the Awas they’re facing extinction • They’re a group of hunter-gatherers that
supplement their diet with swidden agriculture, but a group of ranchers found their camp and
massacred their people, then covered up the remains with bulldozers to hide the evidence
– because otherwise the land would be closed as an indigenous reserve and unavailable for
logging or ranching • Only 5 members survive today, and it’s
generally believed their people will not survive with so small a number
8 – The Jarawa • These guys live on the Andamanese Islands,
and like with a lot of these other tribes their numbers barely exceed 300
• For a long time they resisted contact with humans until 1997 when they visited a
local community – then immediately got sick with the measles
• Sadly, the Jarawas are today a tourist attraction where hundreds flock to view and
photograph their tribe as they go about their daily lives – even though government regulations
prohibit this 7 – The Sentinelese
• These are distant cousins of the Jarawans, a culture shrouded in mystery on a small island
off India, located in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Islands
• Every time people have tried to get close to this island, the Sentinelese send back
hundreds of arrows and spears, so it’s difficult to gauge their numbers though we’ve made several
attempts to contact them • It’s rumoured their people have lived
there for many tens of thousands of years, directly descended from the first humans to
leave Africa 6 – The Mayoruna People
• These are an indigenous tribe of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon, one whose ancestral
lands are currently threatened by logging and poaching from modern society
• During the 1900s, they were deeply untrusting of the Peruvian government since warfare saw
their villages hit by napalm and the link, but in 1969 they accepted missionaries into
their community • According to the missionaries, the Mayoruna
people see the physical and spiritual world as entities present throughout the world,
ones that assist in technical aspects of hunting game
5 – The Nukak-Mahu People • This is a smaller tribe that resides in
the Amazonian forest, their population exceeding 400 individuals
• They first made regular contact with society in 1988, and since then over half of them
have died – so now they don’t, and I can’t blame them
• They live in small pockets of 30 persons or less as nomads that wander to and fro,
using blowdarts to kill prey using poison from 5 different types of plant
4 – Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau • These guys come from Brazil, living in
the state of Rondonia with six villages along with a few other sub-group tribes, some that
haven’t even been contacted yet • In 1981, they came into contact with the
National Indian Foundation, but disease and violent attacks pulverised their numbers,
and ten years later the largest known tin deposit was found smack bang in their land
• The Brazilian Government came in at the last second to prevent loggers and miners
from invading their territory, and the non-government organisation Kaninde fights outsiders trying
to attack the tribe • Currently, their numbers barely exceed
100 3 – The Zoe’é
• A small tribe of 250 members in the north of Brazil, they get along growing plants and
the occasional hunt – but are otherwise peaceful • Their relationships are polygamous, meaning
each can marry a few people, not just one – and they’re also a community without hierarchy,
so that they’re all equal • In 1987 they first contacted outsiders,
but death swept through their village to authorities stopped anyone else from encountering their
members, to protect them 2 – Peruvian Tribe Discovered By Accident
• It was a tourist group tromping around through the jungles of Peru that found a curious
mish-mash of natives nobody have ever encountered before, and at the time they tried communicating
in a variety of languages but the natives wouldn’t respond
• Anthropologists inspected the video footage brought back and realised this tribe was one
of the few in the area they hadn’t found before 1 – Ayoreo-Totobiegosode
• A rough translation of these words comes to “people of the place of the wild pigs”
a tribe in a harsh forest area known as Chaco • According to reports, they’d contacted
society in the 1940s, but after some of their numbers were forced to evacuate the forest,
they started their nomadic life deep in the jungle

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