Incredible drone footage has provided a glimpse into the daily lives of isolated communities across the globe.
G. Miranda also took aerial pictures of the Sentinelese in a remote area of India on North Sentinel Island and of Amazonian tribes in Brazil along the Javari River valley on the Peruvian border for Survival International.
Since its 2018 upload to the Death Island Expeditions YouTube page, a film gathering images of these uncontacted people has received more than 3.5 million views.
The video depicts rural communities, including dwellings and individuals of several indigenous groups. Some of the photos show members of the tribe staring intently at the drone or camera.
Some viewers of the video on YouTube stressed the significance of capturing such photos and the stark contrast between the lifestyles of the individuals seen and those of the rest of the world.
“It blows my mind how different our lives are. The fact that they don’t even know about the existence of grocery stores, factories, phones, social media, everything that makes our society what it is. It’s so surreal,” one user wrote.
The National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) is the Brazilian government agency in charge of developing and implementing indigenous peoples’ policies.
Some of the drone footage in the clip was shot with this device.
Human rights group Survival International claims that photographs of members of Brazil’s uncontacted tribes were obtained in 2008.
“We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist,” said uncontacted tribes expert José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Júnior.
Meirelles warned of a potential confrontation between uncontacted tribes in the area and illegal loggers in Peru in 2008.
“What is happening in this region [of Peru] is a monumental crime against the natural world, the tribes, the fauna and is further testimony to the complete irrationality with which we, the ‘civilized’ ones, treat the world,” he said.
Also today (October 13), a new documentary exploring the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a missionary who befriended the Sentinelese people was published.
The Mission, a documentary by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, delves into the shooting death of American missionary John Allen Chau in 2018 at the hands of tribe members he was attempting to reach.