Rare video of long isolated Peru tribe of Mashco-Piro Indians surfaces


Forest rangers in Monte Salvado in Madre de Dios captured a rare video this summer as 100 Mashco-Piro Indians, who live in an isolated region of Peru’s Amazon, tried to cross a river, The Telegraph writes.

The forest rangers told news agencies they shot the video over three days in June. The video shows Mascho-Piro men, women and children, including some with lances, bows and arrows. Some moments were tense, The Telegraph reports.

Saul Puerta Pena, Director for the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rain-forest (AIDESEP), said the video is clear evidence of the existence of isolated tribes.

Now the government doesn’t have an argument to tell us that our indigenous brothers don’t exist because their (the government’s) response was always that these indigenous people who choose to live in isolation didn’t exist, he told The Telegraph.

Some members of the tribe can be seen standing in the river, reportedly asking members of the remote community to send them food.

Puerta Pena explained to The Telegraph that a canoe containing bananas was floated across the river to the tribe to avoid the risk of them coming into contact with illnesses they have no defenses against.

Video released by the FENAMAD indigenous federation shows more than 100 Mashco-Piro Indians attempting to cross a river from the remote community of in Peru’s southeastern Amazon region, The Telegraph reports.