Brazil's indigenous protection agency has confirmed the discovery of a new, un-contacted tribal group in a remote region of the Amazon. The National Indian Foundation (Funai) first noticed the community when a satellite image of the Vale do Javari reservation revealed three clearings in the middle of the forest; flyovers in April found large thatched-roof huts and fields of corn, banana, and other crops. Fabricio Amorim, a regional coordinator with Funai, said that the community, home to about 200 people, is less than a year old. The agency does not plan to meet with the group. The Vale do Javari is home to at least 14 uncontacted indigenous communities, many of which are under threat from illegal fishing, logging, drug trafficking, and missionary activity.
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