The expedition in the Amazon was considered highly risky, but ultimately 34 members of the Korubo people were found.
In the Brazilian Amazon, an expedition to previously isolated members of a tribe has led to first contacts. A total of 34 members of the Korubo people in the indigenous protected area Vale do Javari were found in the state of Amazonas on the border with Peru, said the responsibility for the protection of indigenous peoples, the national authority Fundacao Nacional do Índio (Funai).
One aim of the expedition was to prevent new conflicts between the Korubo and the Matis people who also live in the area. It also involved returning some members of the Korubo, who fled the 2014 deaths of the two groups, to their families. This was also successful, it said.
Funai responded to the expedition itself claims to be at the request of Korubo relatives who felt threatened by the Matis. Photos on the Facebook page of Funai showed some of the now contacted Korubo on the side of expedition leader Bruno Pereira. The more than 30-man expedition, including several indigenous Korubo and other tribes, was launched on 3 March. It was considered highly risky because it was not clear how the isolated indigenous people would react.
On March 19, the first two Korubo were encountered without previous contact with the outside world in the hunt. “It was a very emotional experience,” said expedition leader Pereira. “It turned out that the two brothers were expedition members who had not seen each other since 2015 and thought the brother was dead.”
The expedition was the first under the rule of right-wing populist President Jair Bolsonaro, but had been planned for more than three years. Bolsonaro wants to promote the economic use of the Amazon basin further.