Whole populations of uncontacted tribes are being wiped out by genocidal violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance.
They killed my mother, my brothers and sisters, and my wife.Awá Brazil
We didn't know what a cold was. Half of us died. Half of my people died.Murunahua Peru
We oppose attempts by outsiders to contact uncontacted tribes. It’s always fatal and initiating contact must be their choice alone. Those who enter uncontacted tribes’ territories deny them that choice.
REALITY: All peoples are changing all the time and always have done, including uncontacted tribes. Survival doesn’t talk about “pristine” tribes. They are not backward or “Stone Age.“ They just live differently.
REALITY: We know from recently contacted groups that uncontacted tribes have unrivalled knowledge of their environment and medicinal plants which they use to treat diseases known to them.
REALITY: Contact is dangerous and devastating. Some tribes have lost 90% of their population within a year or two of first contact and never recovered, and others have been wiped out altogether. If some do survive and eventually recover, it's at a very high and unacceptable price, often with the loss of most of their population. Even with medical teams on hand at first contact there is no guarantee that indigenous people will respond to treatment or even that they will accept it.
REALITY: They won’t get the chance. In reality, the future offered by the settler society is to “join“ at the lowest possible level – often as beggars and prostitutes. History proves that tribal peoples end up in a far worse state after contact, often dead.
Reality: If the alternative is their destruction, why not? We oppose attempts by outsiders to contact them. It’s always fatal and initiating contact must be their choice alone. The solution is clear: Protect their land to allow them to live as they choose.