Jan­diatuba River, Brazil

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Tribe mas­sa­cred? Brazil­ian author­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble mas­sacre of 10 mem­bers of one of the Ama­zon’s most re­mote, “un­con­tacted” hunter-gath­erer tribes. A group of gold min­ers re­port­edly bragged in a bar near the Colom­bia border about hav­ing killed the tribe mem­bers, show­ing off tools and jew­elry stolen from the dead. A bar pa­tron recorded their con­fes­sion and gave the au­dio to the po­lice, spark­ing a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The more than 100 un­con­tacted Ama­zon tribes are mostly small fam­ily bands, so if the mas­sacre is con­firmed, it could mean a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of an en­tire eth­nic group was wiped out. Fund­ing for in­dige­nous af­fairs in Brazil has been cut by nearly 70 per­cent since 2014, and of­fi­cials don’t have the re­sources to mon­i­tor the tribes.

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