In modern times, it seems unimaginable that there is a place on the Earth we haven’t yet explored, or that there are people who are isolated from the modern civilization.
These isolated groups of people usually live in remote and inaccessible areas of the world, and have developed particular traditions which are, in most cases, very different than any of the well-known traditions and customs throughout the world.
1. The Surma People
This is a tribe in Ethiopia that has never had any contact with Western civilization. It is known for the big lip plugs. They live in groups of a couple of hundred members and take care of humble stock cattle for centuries. Everything else like world wars, colonization issues went around them for decades. A couple of Russian doctors first discovered this tribe in the 1980s, and they tried having a conversation with them. The tribesmen were easily scared since they thought the doctors were walking dead because of their pale skin.
2. Unknown Peruvian Tribe
A tour group accidentally discovered this tribe while walking through the jungles of Peru. The tribesmen didn’t know any other language like English or Spanish, so that the communication was impossible. The tribe ran into wilderness. The tribe was unknown to anthropologists and has never been seen again since that event.
3. The Brazilian Tribes
The Brazilian National Indian Foundation confirmed that there are 67 uncontacted tribes in Brazil, and therefore it has a larger number of tribes than the New Guinea. However, the government couldn’t determine the exact population of isolated regions in the Amazon. An aircraft flew over the jungle and took many photos with specialized photographic equipment, which helped to get an idea of the number of these isolated people. In 2007, an unexpected thing happened when the tribesmen “attacked” the aircraft with their bows and arrows. In 2011, a satellite also found strange specks in the part of Amazon thought to be uninhabitable. Those specks were in fact people that were settled in a distant part of the Amazon jungle.
4. The New Guinea Tribes
Its mountainous terrain and widespread forests make the Island of New Guinea the least explored by anthropologists. Many people living there are simply extremely hard to contact and there is not much information about them. There have been reports of cannibalism and it is one of the reasons why expeditions rarely try to get in touch with these hostile tribes. In 1961, Michael Rockefeller wanted to explore these terrains but was captured by tribesmen and later probably killed and eaten by them.
5. The Sentinelese Tribe
This tribe located on the North Sentinel Island, between Thailand and India, counts more than 250 members. It is hard to visit this island since the tribesmen are hostile and prone to attack strangers with arrows. Most of the information related to their culture was gathered in the 1960s. Some gifts meant to help them were used in an unusual way – coconuts were eaten, live pigs were shot with arrows and then buried, red buckets were taken but the green ones were left behind, etc. Recently, a National Geographic team was attacked when trying to approach them and a member was shot in the thigh. Two local tour guides were also attacked and killed by the tribesmen. It is known that these tribesmen are able to survive devastating natural disasters like tsunami.