Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert had his helicopter flight diverted because of a storm, but this detour led to a remarkable photos of a remote rain forest tribe. The high-resolution images were taken in Brazil’s state of Acre, near its border with Peru. This region strictly protects its forests and indigenous inhabitants. The photographs show a small group of people with plain clothing, weapons, and body paint. During contact, one man even threw his spear towards the helicopter.
Experts claim that it’s the same indigenous Amazon tribe that gained global attention in 2008, when photos of tribesmen in red body paint depicted them launching arrows at a low-flying airplane.
They are thought to be moving around about every four years or so.
“I felt like I was a painter in the last century,” Stuckert said to National Geographic. “To think that in the 21st century, there are still people who have no contact with civilization, living like their ancestors did 20,000 years ago. It’s a powerful emotion.”