Courtesy FUNAI
The uncontacted Indians appeared young and healthy, but reported shocking incidents of a massacre of their older relatives.

Murderous Drug Traffickers Force Isolated Group in Amazon to Make Contact

Felipe Milanez and Glenn Shepard
8/4/14

The same group of red-painted indigenous warriors famously photographed in 2008 aiming arrows at the photographer’s aircraft now tell their own story: the story of massacre and suffering in their remote territory along the Peru-Brazil border. Gunshots, many dead. A tall, bald man leading a murderous group of white men, presumably drug traffickers. Survivors escaping into the jungle while elders and children were slaughtered. The days following the massacre were marked by profound sadness and mourning; the dead were buried in mass graves. A hasty evacuation meant they were short of food and supplies. They decided to pursue a final, desperate resort: to seek out settled indigenous villages along the adjacent Rio Envira and beg for food and mercy.

Seven survivors made their way to the Ashaninka community of Simpatia (“Sympathy”) to ask for food, but since they spoke no common language the encounter was tense. Not until two Yaminawa interpreters were brought was communication finally established. The language they speak is a dialect of Yaminawa so communication has been extremely fluent. It was already suspected, based on their location and body adornments, that they belonged to an isolated Panoan group. The Yaminawa interpreters confirmed their linguistic affiliation and suggest they are closely related to the Chitonahua of Peru (rendered as ‘Xitonawa’ in the Brazilian orthography), however they call themselves “Xatanawa,” which means, “Macaw-Tribe.”

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Indigenous Tribes and Peoples are held by The U.N. to have Sovereignty..... ............................................................................................................................... Perhaps, this situation should be put before the United Nations, since the Host Nation has NO OFFICE to address these concerns....................................... ............................................................................................................................... The African "Ranger Model" used to protect endangered Animal Species could be a Model for this Question as to the designation of Specific Indigenous Peoples and Hunting Areas used by these peoples........................................ ............................................................................................................................... It appears that the Host Nations are not, or can not do this for their Indigenous In-Country Peoples.............................................................................................. ............................................................................................................................... As to The United Nations Points and Authorities to Intervene, this is a "Human Rights Issue" and there is sufficient Points & Authorities to justify intervention within its MultiNational Charter........................................................................... ............................................................................................................................... ...............................................................................................................................
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