(RIO DE JANEIRO) — A remarkable video shows a group of indigenous people coming into contact with the outside world, possibly for the very first time.
The group of men are believed to be natives of Peru but they were filmed in northern Brazil on the banks of the Envira River, which runs near the Peruvian border. It’s not clear when the encounter took place, but the video was released on Thursday by the Brazilian indigenous authority FUNAI.
The tribal men are naked except for belts and loincloths and carrying different weapons at points in the eight-minute video.
A few of the tribal men are seen with markings on their faces and they all have styled their dark black hair in a similar bowl-cut fashion.
Some are holding bows-and-arrows or spears, and at one point one of the men blatantly steals a machete-type knife while another takes an ax from a settlement, despite shouts of protest by the villagers. Another member of their group grabs a blue material that looks like either a towel or a piece of clothing.
Brazilian authorities have not identified the group, but were able to determine that the dialect of the language that they’re speaking is a form of the Panoan linguistic group.
The people they are interacting with are believed to be part of the Ashaninka ethnic group who reside in the area where the video was shot.
One Ashaninkan man, seen shirtless with a pair of baggy athletic shorts, wades into the river to hand the tribe members some bananas.
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