Amidst this deeply interconnected modern world lies various pockets where people voluntarily dissociate themselves from all that is modern. These are the hidden tribes who live their lives on their own and far away from mainstream society and choose to live that way. As cohabitors of this land, it is essential that we respect that. Read on to learn more about a variety of such tribes. By Quoyina Ghosh

1. Sentinelese

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The Sentinelese. In my opinion the smartest people on earth. This small hunter-gatherer tribe have existed on this small island in the Indian Ocean virtually unchanged for 60,000 years.They know nothing of the modern world, and have made it clear that they don’t want to know. All who approach their island are attacked with arrows and they’ve killed several people who wouldn’t take the hint. The few who have managed to land on the island and left gifts to establish contact find the gifts destroyed, buried or abandoned.The message is clear; we have seen you and are not impressed. We have been fine here for 60,000 years without your help, we don’t want to know you, and We don’t want or need any of your shit. Now leave us alone! Whereas other Adaman islands natives nearby have succumbed to outside influence and become ghetto towns dependent on western vices, including alcohol, tobacco and sugar, as well as fell victim to foreign diseases, the Sentinelese remain untouched and self-sufficient. Wisely, the Indian government has made it illegal to land on the island or disturb the Sentinelese culture. They have the basic human right to be left alone on their own land.Yet recently an American Christian missionary named John Allen Chau illegally landed on Sentinel island with the smug intention of converting the people to Christianity. The Sentinelese immediately killed him, and have apparently buried his body. I Don’t feel sorry for this holy-rolling shit-disturber in the least. Bible-Thumping assholes; Respect the Sentinelese’s human rights and wishes and LEAVE THESE PEOPLE ALONE! #sentinelesetribe #nativepeople #sentinelisland #magick #witches #kingofthewitches #pagan #pagansofinstagram #witch #witchcraft #witchesofinstagram #wicca #wiccan #wiccansofinstagram #neopagan #neopaganism #paganism #heathen #heathenism #theoldreligion #johnallenchau #christianity

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The Sentinelese are known to live on the Andaman Islands, off India, and can easily be called the ‘world’s most isolated tribe’. Not much is known about these people as efforts to contact them are usually met with fierce responses with spears and arrows. Moreover, dearth of contact with the outside world has left them without immunity against a variety of diseases, which is why it is rightfully concluded that they are indeed better-off away from mainstream society.

2. Biami Tribe

The Biami people of Papua New Guinea are one of the tribes who’ve managed to remain comparatively hidden. This is due to the Indonesian government who have done a really good job of keeping a lot of their lands away from everyone’s touch. This step has resulted in the protection of not just Biami people but various other tribes in the area as well. Fun fact, up until a few years ago, the Biami would indulge in cannibalism. Suddenly the Indonesian government seems to have done you a solid, eh?

3. Ayoreo Tribe

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The #ayoreo people emerged from their #huntergatherer lives in the #granchaco forest of #argentina #paraguay and #bolivia in the 70s and 90s. Their great craft transforms the #fiber of a thorny relative of the wild pineapple #bromeliad hieronymi into meticulously looped bags called #utebetai . As much as 437 meters of thigh spun twine goes into a single bag. The tradition is probably within ten years of disappearing. The late Ique Etacore, whose beautiful portrait by @eddieaddeooo is here, taken at the @folkartmarket in 2017, co-founded Cheque Oitedie with great-hearted ethnobotanist Ines Hinojosa to help preserve this beautiful folk art form and to generate income for women who make Utebetai. They’re featured in @true_colors_the_book in a chapter that describes some of the challenges faced by the Ayoreo as they live in “civilization.” #naturalcolor carries a lot of feeling and emotion in a context like this.

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Known to be nomadic hunter-gatherers, this tribe was contacted by various missionaries back in the day. This exposure led them to various diseases which were fatal to them. Amidst the people of this tribe, one group voluntarily keeps in contact with modern society and one strictly does not, namely, the Ayoreo Totobiegosode. With illegal deforestation, oil search, missionaries, etc., these modern times see them under considerable threat.

4. Piripkura Tribe

The Mato Grosso region of Brazil houses in it this extremely endangered tribe — Piripkura. ‘Piripkura’ translates to ‘the butterfly people’ — a name they were given by their neighbouring tribes due to their propensity to move about in the forest. Or at least they used to until illegal deforestation encroached upon them to the extent of massacres. With only two known members known to us today, this whole tribe is at risk of complete annihilation if serious steps aren’t taken to protect them.

5. Korubo Tribe

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Lideranças do Vale do Javari (AM) denunciam invasão de missionário norte-americano à terra indígena onde há povos isolados. A denúncia foi realizada no dia 24 de setembro à Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai), mas até o momento a Funai não informou se tomou providências para expulsar o religioso que, segundo os indígenas, pretende fazer contato com os isolados Korubo, povo em situação de alta vulnerabilidade territorial e sociocultural. . . “A Univaja é totalmente contra o proselitismo religioso no interior de nosso território, considerando que nós povos da floresta temos nossos códigos e crenças milenares e nunca foi tão necessário preservá-los”, dizia o comunicado da organização União dos Povos Indígenas do Vale do Javari. Leia a matéria de Elaíze Farias clicando no link da bio. (Foto de Ricardo Beliel cedida à Amazônia Real) . . 📍Apoie o jornalismo independente e investigativo na Amazônia. Clique no link da bio e saiba mais . . 📍Nos envie uma mensagem e receba os nossos conteúdos no seu celular: (+ 55 92) 981946990 #povosoriginarios #valedojavari #povosindigenasam #amazonas #korubo #povosindigenas #direitosindigenas #amazoniareal

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The Korubo tribe are located in the valley of Javari in the Brazil-Peru border area. Their name stands for ‘clubmen’ arising from the large clubs they are known to carry to protect themselves with. Contact with outsiders is strictly condemned and avoided by them due to the fact that years of isolation has resulted in the lack of an immune system to protect themselves from diseases as common to us as a cold. Moreover, why would anyone willingly want to be clubbed?

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