Scott Wallace

Threats Abound as Peru Cops Seize Timber

Indians near Brazil frontier seek protection as officials investigate allegations Ashéninka indigenous leaders are calling on authorities to guarantee their safety after receiving alleged death threats from irate loggers whose wood was impounded this week at a sawmill in ...

Uncontacted Group Kills Two Natives in Ecuador

 Reprisals, “forced contact” campaign feared after attack in Yasuní National Park   Native officials and conservationists fear possible reprisals in eastern Ecuador following an attack by uncontacted tribesmen that killed two Waorani Indians last week.   According to a preliminary ...

Massacre of Yanomami Feared in Venezuela

Brazilian Prospectors Said To Raze Native Village As many as 80 Yanomami Indians are feared dead in a village deep in the jungles of Venezuela, victims of an alleged massacre carried out last month by Brazilian gold prospectors. According to a ...

As the Clock Ticks, Trees Fall in Brazil’s Amazon

As Brazil braces for president Dilma Rousseff’s forthcoming decision on whether to sign or veto recent legislation that would alter the country’s Forest Code, rights groups are decrying a surge in illegal land grabs that is wrecking environmental ...

Illegal Logging Takes Its Toll in the Amazon

New study says U.S. firms importing millions of dollars worth of ill-gotten timber The timber industry in Peru is rife with corruption and illegality, and international buyers are complicit in a “well-oiled machine” that is plundering the Peruvian rain ...

More Sightings, Violence Around Uncontacted Tribes

Why Would Isolated Indians Kill Their Point of Contact With the Outside World?  Authorities are scrambling to establish security in a remote Amazonian frontier region following recent attacks by isolated tribesmen that have left one man dead and another wounded ...

Peru Releases Dramatic Footage of Uncontacted Indians

The Peruvian government has released dramatic new footage showing a near-encounter with a group of uncontacted Indians along a riverbank in the Amazon rain forest. The video was taken by travelers on the Manu River in southeastern Peru in recent ...

LOGGERS AND NATIVES FACE OFF IN THE BORDERLANDS

Lumberjack invasion spurs cross-border contact between native villages In a sign of growing indigenous activism and impatience with ineffectual bureaucrats, communities in Peru and Brazil have joined forces in recent days to patrol a volatile border region rife with illegal ...

Dark Edge of the Frontier

Natives face retaliation when they stand up to those who loot the forest While on assignment for National Geographic in Peru this summer, I had the privilege of visiting the Ashéninka indigenous community of Saweto, at the headwaters of ...

Uncontacted Tribe Discovered in Brazilian Amazon

Officials from Brazil’s Indian affairs agency, FUNAI, say they have confirmed the existence of a previously unknown indigenous group in the rugged folds of the western Amazon. The tribe, believed to number as many as 200 people, was initially discovered ...

A Death Foretold

In Brazil’s violent backwoods, environmental destruction and murder go hand in hand By Scott Wallace Late last month the Brazilian Congress passed a bill that if it becomes law would ease restrictions on rain-forest clearing and make it easier ...

Fisticuffs Erupts in Peru Over Uncontacted Tribes

Officials deny plans to open rain forest reserves, promise new protections By Scott Wallace Peru says it will bolster protections for uncontacted tribes roaming the deep Amazon after a public row erupted last week that sent indigenous affairs officials scrambling ...