Scott Stevens

By Scott Stevens

LifeBuzz Staff

Real-Life Avatar Tribe Have Had No Contact With Civilization… Until Now.

A recent trip to the Brazilian rainforest caught some great photographs of the Neolithic way of life that is pretty much nonexistent now. This is the third time now that the tribe has been seen and these new pictures taught researchers a little more about this rare tribe.

Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert snapped the photos from a helicopter and sold some of them to National Geographic so they could share them with the world.

The tribe was first found back in 2008 by FUNAI (Fundacao Nacional do Indio) and they released pictures of the tribe dressed in red war paint. They were shooting arrows at the low flying airplane that was snapping the photographs. This sighting was no different as the helicopter was attacked by arrows once again. The tribe shows that they aren’t afraid to defend their turf no matter how intimidating the enemy may be.

One of the researchers on this flight verified that it’s the same group that was photographed in 2008 and then again in 2010.

Stuckert knows how lucky he was to come across the tribe. He explained, “I felt like I was a painter in the last century. To think that in the 21st century, there are still people who have no contact with civilization, living like their ancestors did 20,000 years ago—it’s a powerful emotion.”

Keeping an eye on the enemy.

The Indians can see through the brush from below and have a pretty good view of anything overhead.

Keeping an eye on the enemy.

RICARDO STUCKERT

A tribe member strings his bow for a possible attack.

This member is stringing up his bow for a possible attack on what is perceived as an enemy; the helicopter.

A tribe member strings his bow for a possible attack.

RICARDO STUCKERT

They can see anything overhead pretty good.

They aren't afraid to defend their turf no matter what the enemy may be. The brush is a good cover from over head attacks.

They can see anything overhead pretty good.

RICARDO STUCKERT

A warrior ready to do battle wearing body paint.

Here you can see a tribe member ready to go on the attack. The body art he is wearing was previously unknown to researchers.

A warrior ready to do battle wearing body paint.

RICARDO STUCKERT

A good view of a maloca.

This great photo was taken of a thatch hut known as a maloca.

A good view of a maloca.

RICARDO STUCKERT

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