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As film footage is released, Peru's government acknowledges existence of Amazon Indian tribe

Earlier this week we published photos of an uncontacted Amazon Indian tribe living close to the border between Brazil and Peru. Now, film footage of the same tribe has been shown on the BBC's Human Planet series.

Survival International, the NGO that released the photos, says that the tribe's survival is in jeopardy due to illegal logging in the area where they live.

Following the publication of the photos, the Peruvian government has acknowledged for the first time the threat posed to the tribe.

In a statement released on Feb. 2nd, Peru's Foreign Ministry announced that they will "establish contact with Brazil's FUNAI institute [Indian Affairs Department]… to preserve these peoples and avoid the incursion of illegal loggers and the depredation of the Amazon."

According to John Vidal of The Guardian, "The change has been remarkable. Only two years ago, Peruvian president, Alan Garcia, queried the existence of any uncontacted groups of Indians anywhere in Peruvian forests."

Survival International has a series of questions and answers that explain how they define uncontacted tribes.

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