They survive by hunting and gathering in the forest or by cultivating gardens with handmade tools. In some cases, they don't wear clothing and speak languages that aren't understood by almost anyone else on Earth.
In today's hyper-connected world, there are still a few dozen groups of people that live with virtually no contact with the outside world. Nearly all of these tribes live in remote reaches of the Amazon in Brazil and Peru.
But these so-called "uncontacted tribes" face increasing pressure from loggers, miners and missionaries.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at some of the humanitarian and ethical challenges of our interactions with these people.
Joining the program:
- Dan Everett, a linguist at Bentley University who has spent three decades living off and on with Brazil’s Piraha people.
- Scott Wallace, a journalist who has covered the people of the Amazon for National Geographic and other publications.
- Sarah Shenker, a senior campaigner for Survival International, a group that advocates for indigenous rights.
Note: This program originally aired Nov. 24, 2016