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Uncontacted Peoples/ Living in Voluntary Isolation


The Shipibo expressed a lot of concern for the well-being of their indigenous neighbors espceially those peoples choosing to live in voluntary isolation and those who have eluded contact with outsiders. The Peruvian government has established territorial reserves for these peoples, but many of these reserves are being exploited or threatened by outside interests such as logging, mining, and drilling for hydrocarbons (oil and natural gas). (Click on the above images to see enlarged versions.) (The unofficial English translation from above images). Who are they? The indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation are those communities that have decided to maintain isolation from the national society to guarantee their physical and cultural integrity. The indigenous people in first contact are those communities that until recently stayed in isolation, and recently established relations with the non-indigenous society and they wish to control or limit these relations. In both cases these human groups, they have survived diverse experiences of genocide from the rubber “boom” and they are a testimony of the original, diverse, cultural life of the Peruvian Amazon. They are part of the sociocultural inheritance of humanity and they contribute to the conservation of the environment. The Peruvian congress owes the approval of a law incorporating the following aspects: The importance of maintaining the spaces where they can return to their culture and to the biodiversity necessary for their existence, it is an essential question that the mentioned pronouncement (DICTAMEN 13057) be returned to. This pronouncement exists approving for the Commission of Andean and Amazonian Communities, however, it can be improved by incorporating the following modifications they have contemplated: 1. That the right to their territory is recognized 2. A clear definition of understanding for Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Territorial Reserves 3.

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