New video shows an isolated tribe from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil making contact for the first time with villagers who live along a river at the Peruvian border.
The native group identified as the Rio Xinane, who are part of the Panoan linguistic group, visited the Ashaninka, a settled indigenous group, who live along the Envira River near the border of Peru, on June 26.
The Rio Xinane, who wear only loincloths, returned again to the village on June 30, and stayed for three days with the help of an interpreter who was brought to the scene. The second encounter was recorded by Brazil's Indigenous Affairs Department, according to AFP.
In the video, an Ashaninka man in shorts gives banana bunches to two indigenous men. The men then quickly retreat, peel the bananas and begin to eat the fruit.
The indigenous group has probably had sporadic contact with outsiders — evident by the gun one man is carrying. It's possible the tribe met drug traffickers or loggers, who they may have stolen guns and other tools from.
The group told an interpreter that they had been attacked and their homes had been burned in the past. Many of them had also died after coming down with the flu and other diseases.
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