America’s first people in danger

The existence of isolated populations are very prominent in South America, with the Amazon rainforest supposedly home to over 75 tribes that remain separated from the outside world (Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world 2014).

The YouTube clip pictured above is an excellent display of communication and also uses new communication technologies. The isolated tribe is making contact with outsiders due to supposed drug traffickers that that terrorized their home and killed many of their people (Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world 2014).  Fortunately, the people the tribe spoke with recognized the language they spoke and were able to communicate effectively in a verbal sense. The body language of all those pictured would have also been a very effective tool in communicating; the open arms and lack of weapons suggests that both groups are not there to harm. An offering of bananas is made; another peace keeping symbol in order to gain trust between the groups. It is important to notice, too, that the tribesman have all styled their hair in a similar fashion and are pictured wearing the same clothing – a belt and loincloth. This is important as their similar appearances signify that they are from the same tribe.

This video was filmed and later released by Brazil’s Indigenous Affairs Department, reportedly within two weeks of the event happening (Face to face with isolated Amazon tribe in Brazil 2014). The video was released on Friday, August 1 and circulated the globe immediately through the media, online web sources, and social media. This speaks volumes about the impact and importance of new communication technologies today in relation to current affairs and how technology has evolved to make one to many communication of an original message so easy.

Amazon tribe makes first contact with outside world 1 August 2014, viewed 9 August 2014, <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/01/amazon-tribe-makes-first-contact-with-outside-world&gt;

Face to face with isolated Amazon tribe in Brazil 1 August 2014, viewed 9 August 2014, <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5mzNg3Jxw&gt;

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