Mashcopiros
Tribe Not contacted

Feb 11 2012
By: Anselm Pi Rambla
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Mashcopiros uncontacted tribe

A few days ago Survival International surprised the media by announcing that in the Madre de Dios River, located in the Manu National Park, in the Peruvian Amazon,a group of unknown indigenous people from the Mashcopiro tribe was detected, and that they had been reportedly been oblivious to the rest of the world up until this point.

Photographs taken by the explorer and archaeologist Diego Cortijo another contributer to the Spanish Geographical Society, made a record of this encounter, which was described as extraordinary.
There was controversy on the release of the story, as to whether the insular nature of the Mashcopiros, was in response to antagonism "from whites", which they had subsequently shunned, or whether they had already had some kind of contact with civilization and were not therefore completely Isolationist.

The Publications didn’t seem to resolve the question, as the Mashcopiros were presented as “Indians for the first time shown on film or photographed”, or “Indians never before contacted in Peru”.

We should state that Bohic Ruz Explorer team, had already in 1982 been the first to make contact with the Mashcopiro tribe, during a high-risk expedition in search for evidence of the existence of the citadel of Paititi.



Here is the account of that Bohic Ruz expedition along with photographic and film material that immortalized the encounter:

Through the information obtained from a missionary we know we have succeeded in reaching a very dangerous area of the Alto Madre de Dios where we have encountered 3 Mashcopiro women of an unknown tribe. These women seem to be about 10 km away from the village for unknown reasons. We know that Mashcopiros are very dangerous with any contact with strangers and until now no expedition has come so close to these indians as Bohic Ruz Explorer.

Using our native guides Piro and Machiguenga there has been established a problematic but basic communication with the 3 women because they speak a different and unfamiliar dialect. With the information derived from this and our data it seems that near this territory there are Inca ruins that could be the remains of the famous Peruvian Paititi mentioned in many ancient traditions.

Our guides did not dare go further, because we probably would be attacked or even killed. In this area live more than 5,000 uncontacted Indians that are very dangerous: "Yaminahuas, Amahuacas and Mashcopiros among others".

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SEE EXPEDITION PAITITI