Journey to the Margins: A Visual Chronicle of Hidden Indigenous Tribes Around the World

By Sophia Maddox | March 22, 2024

The Korubu: Masters of Ancient Traditions

Lost tribes, hidden away in remote jungles, deserts, mountains, or islands, preserve ancient ways of life that intrigue and captivate our imaginations. Their rich cultures and untold stories spark curiosity, offering a glimpse into a world untouched by modernity. These resilient communities cling to traditions and languages passed down through generations, showcasing the enduring strength of the human spirit. As we contemplate their existence, we're reminded of our own connection to history and what it truly means to thrive in harmony with nature. Join us on a journey to uncover the extraordinary tales of these lost tribes and celebrate the resilience that binds us all together.

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The Korubu call themselves the Dslala tribe. This tribe has split into two groups. The smaller group is much more open to contact from outsiders than the main group. The bigger group lives in the western Amazon Basin. These tribes are clubbers who are incredibly violent. They stain their wooden clubs, which are often taller than they are, red. This tribe also uses blowpipes that they string with bamboo quivers. Members perform a special dance ritual before each hunting trip. Its purpose is to bring good luck to the hunters.

The Korubu live in small huts. The doors to these huts have very narrow openings. This makes it harder for them to be surprised by outside intruders. They tie raffia streamers around their heads and upper arms on special occasions. They usually eat fish and stewed monkeys while the women raise maize and yucca in fields.

Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau: People of the Amazon's Hidden Heartland

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The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau live in small villages in the Western Brazilian state of Rondônia. Traditionally, they lived in homes built of wood, palm leaves, and thatch. The homes had very high roofs and doors on two sides to stimulate airflow. Today, they often live in wooden houses. They raise cassava, maize, and bananas on small plots. People also gather berries and nuts from the forest.

Initial contact with this group occurred in about 1906. Additional contact happened in 1980 when 250 people were counted. Within 13 years, their number fell to 88. Respiratory illnesses caused by outsiders decimated the area's six villages. In the early 2020s, the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau embraced technology to make a film portraying their plight.

The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau holds many unique festivals throughout the year. Men often play bamboo flutes and dance during these festivals.