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From 19 to 25 June 2023, Survival is again marking Uncontacted Tribes Week, our global week of action for the most vulnerable peoples on the planet.
There are more than 100 uncontacted tribes in the world and all face deadly threats, whether from loggers, miners, ranchers or dangerous ‘development’ plans. Survival International is the only organization fighting for the rights of uncontacted peoples globally, and all our campaigning strength - as well as our funding - comes from our supporters. On this page, you'll find resources to take action, participate in events, plan your own activities and find out more.
One of the last hunter gatherer tribes in Indonesia, their land is on the verge of destruction by nickel mining for electric car batteries. They're threatened by a proposed new law that will deny all their rights, remove all their protections, and open their land to invasions and destruction.
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One of the last hunter gatherer tribes in Indonesia, their land is on the verge of destruction by nickel mining for electric car batteries.
They're threatened by a proposed new law that will deny all their rights, remove all their protections, and open their land to invasions and destruction.
Join our events!
Watch this unique film about uncontacted peoples in Brazil: you can get an access code simply by emailing us, or when you donate and sign up for alerts. We’ll be in the Tipi Field, part of the Green Fields, and hosting a film screening at the Ancient Futures stage.
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Watch this unique film about uncontacted peoples in Brazil: you can get an access code simply by emailing us, or when you donate and sign up for alerts.
We’ll be in the Tipi Field, part of the Green Fields, and hosting a film screening at the Ancient Futures stage.
Plan your own activities!
📽️ Organize a movie night
All Survival supporters will get a special link to view the fascinating documentary Corumbiara, by kind permission of Vincent Carelli. The movie follows, in real time, the documentary-maker Vincent Carelli and a team from the Brazilian Indigenous Affairs Agency (FUNAI) as they investigate a reported massacre of uncontacted Indigenous people in Brazil, in the process encountering isolated groups of survivors.
Why not organize a movie night to watch Corumbiara with your friends and family – then either send us a photo to [email protected], or post it on social media, tagging @Survival (Facebook and Twitter) and @survivalinternational (Instagram) and #UncontactedTribesWeek.
📚 Host a book club event
Invite your regular book club to read and discuss a book about Uncontacted peoples; or host a special one-off book club event. Some books that our researchers recommend include:
The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, by Scott Wallace. Written by a National Geographic reporter who traveled with the renowned Sydney Posseulo of Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Agency (FUNAI) into the Javari Valley, in the Amazon, as part of efforts to locate (without contact) and protect uncontacted tribes.
The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon by Monte Reel. Describes the decade-long effort to protect the land of “the loneliest man in the world”, also known as the “Man of the Hole”, who died in 2022, having lived alone for years after the rest of his tribe were wiped out.
Other books that are not specifically about uncontacted peoples, but that we can recommend - and that are available in Survival’s shop! - are:
The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman by Davi Kopenawa Yanomami and Bruce Albert; and
Tribal Peoples for Tomorrow’s World by former Survival Director Stephen Corry.
Decolonize Conservation: Global Voices for Indigenous Self-determination, Land, and a World in Common - a unique collection of testimonies and essays by Indigenous peoples directly affected by colonial-style fortress conservation, edited by Ashley Dawson, Fiore Longo, and Survival.
Find out more
- Watch our video that explores five myths about uncontacted peoples.
- Visit our uncontacted tribes page or explore our uncontacted tribes FAQ.
- Watch videos from contacted relatives of uncontacted Hongana Manyawa, Piripkura and Ãwa; watch this account of first contact by Jorge, a Murunahua man from Peru; or listen to Olimpio Guajajara of the Guajajara Guardians explain why they protect the forest of the uncontacted Awá.
- Read more about the Awá, the Ayoreo, the Kawahiva, the Hongana Manyawa, the Sentinelese, the uncontacted peoples of Peru, or the Shompen.