Amazon rainforest fire: Isolated tribe photographed – but can they survive the inferno?

An Amazon rainforest tribe have been captured in a series of fascinating photos. The isolated tribe were snapped in Brazil, living deep within the jungle. Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert photographed the indigenous community nearly three years ago. As fires rage through the Amazon rainforest this summer – will remote tribes such as this survive?

Stuckert’s series of aerial images show the tribesman wielding handmade weapons and wearing very little clothing.

The pictures, particularly his close-ups, were taken near Brazil’s border with Peru.

They show an Indian community boasting intriguing elaborate use of body paint and hair cuts.

Stuckert told National Geographic: “I feel like I was a painter in the last century.

“To think that in the 21st Century there are still people who have no contact with civilisation, living like their ancestors did 20,000 years ago – it’s a powerful emotion.”

Stuckert flew over the tribe’s territory in a helicopter – hence why the men were snapped looking up at the sky in terror as they aim their bows and arrows upwards.

The photographer and crew flew directly over the isolated settlement of thatched huts after a thunderstorm forced their helicopter to divert.

Stuckert said the men had first dived for cover into the jungle before curiously emerging to look at the helicopter.

He said: “They seemed more inquisitive than fearful. I felt there was a mutual curiosity on their part and mine.”

Speaking about the experience of seeing the tribe, Ricardo said: “It was surprisingly powerful and emotional. The experience touched me deeply as a unique event.

“We live in an age when men have been to the moon. Yet here in Brazil there are people who continue to live as humankind has for tens of thousands of years.”

José Carlos Meirelles, who has worked with and studied Brazil’s indigenous tribes for more than 40 years, noted the tribesmen seemed well-fed and healthy.

Plots of corn, manioc, and bananas could be seen around the communal huts.

However, as fire rips through the Amazon, life for such tribes in Brazil could be devastated.

Thiago Parintintin, a member of the Mura tribe who lives in an indigenous reserve near Humaita, Amazonas state said: “All you can see is smoke. It didn’t use to be like this,” reported

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said in a Facebook Live broadcast on Thursday the government lacks the resources to fight wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. In his broadcast on social media, the president said the government is investigating the fires.