Essay On Kawahiva Tribe

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Once more, there are some facing the threat of extinction, and this time, they are fellow human beings.

The Ecologist reported that in the Amazonian rainforest lived an uncontacted tribe called the Kawahiva Indians, and they are facing death and extinction due to Brazil's encroachment of logging and deals with foreign companies in the lands.

The Kawahiva people are among the last tribes in the Amazon, and unless Brazil signs on acts to their legal rights to land, security, and communication with outsiders, they will die out. As The Ecologist noted, the Kawahiva tribe needs to be isolated --- the smallest contact with outsiders could prove deadly for their society, as a handshake or a hug, or even a brush of clothing could transmit infectious diseases that they are not equipped to handle.

Unlike the rest of the
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For instance, Ecuador only recently made a deal with China, giving them rights for oil exploration in one part of the rainforest despite the fact that two indigenous tribes live in the area. The Kawahiva could be the next ones to disappear.

As Survival International noted, the Kawahiva are among the most vulnerable tribes on earth, and with their forest being invaded by modern humans like armed loggers, miners, and ranchers, they are forced to live their lives constantly on the run, many of them already killed in genocidal attacks.

Asking them to adapt to the modern society is not a valid argument, either, as it is an attempt to foricbly impose out way of life upon those who do not wish to do so. Demonstrating their unwillingness to be contacted, the Kawahiva should be respected and their lands must be protected.

Actor Mark Rylance, in his attempt to help fight for the rights of the uncontacted tribe said in October, “If the Kawahiva’s land is not protected, they will disappear forever. But if Brazil’s government acts fast, they can
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