Urgent email

Act now for the survival of uncontacted tribes

Piripkura men Tamandua and Baita, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are nephew and uncle, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest.

Piripkura men Tamandua and Baita, photographed during an encounter with a FUNAI unit. The two men, who are nephew and uncle, have had sporadic interactions with the local FUNAI team, but returned to live in the forest.
© Bruno Jorge

The future of several uncontacted tribes will be decided in 2021.

Their rainforest territories, deep in the Brazilian Amazon, are shielded by emergency “Land Protection Orders” which are about to expire.

The orders make it illegal for loggers, miners and other invaders to enter the tribes’ lands. Without this protection, the forests would be completely destroyed – and the tribes who look after them and depend on them to survive could be wiped out.

One of the territories is home to the uncontacted Piripkura – survivors of decades of land theft and brutal massacres at the hands of the invaders.

Now, anti-indigenous politicians and ranchers – boosted by President Bolsonaro’s genocidal attacks on Brazil’s indigenous peoples – are trying to extinguish the orders so they can steal these lands for ranching, logging, mining, and more. This could wipe out whole peoples.


“If they kill them, there will be nobody left”
Rita Piripkura, whose uncontacted relatives live in one of the territories shielded by Land Protection Orders


Please email the Brazilian government now and ask them to renew these Land Protection Orders, evict all invaders, fully protect these territories, and #StopBrazilsGenocide.

Then, push the Brazilian government on social media too! Search for #AssinaFUNAI and #UncontactedTribes.

Emails sent:  Help us reach 10,000!



To: Ministro Anderson Gustavo Torres, Sr Marcelo Augusto Xavier da Silva, Deputado Arthur Lira and Senador Rodrigo Pacheco

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Dear Ministro Anderson Gustavo Torres, Sr Marcelo Augusto Xavier da Silva, Deputado Arthur Lira and Senador Rodrigo Pacheco,

Emergency Land Protection Orders (“portarias de restrição de uso”) are key for the survival of uncontacted tribes – the most vulnerable peoples on the planet.

Attempts to extinguish them, or to reduce the sizes of these territories, constitute a genocidal attack on Brazil’s indigenous peoples, and must be stopped.

This year, the Land Protection Orders shielding the Piripkura, Jacareuba Katawixi and Pirititi indigenous territories are due to expire. The situation of the Ituna Itatá indigenous territory is also critical.

Will you commit to:
- renewing these Land Protection Orders
- evicting all illegal invaders from these territories
- fully demarcating these lands, as the Brazilian constitution and international law require?

Yours sincerely,