Brazil Has Rejected a Call to Force Contact With Its Remote Tribes

Amanda Calvo – Time, 07/08/2016

The Brazilian government has strongly rejected suggestions by two U.S. anthropologists that the only way to protect the country’s isolated tribes would be to establish contact with them.

Brazil’s Department of Indigenous Affairs (FUNAI) released an open letter on Thursday repudiating an article published by Robert Walker and Kim Hills in Science magazine last year, Reuters reports. Walker and Hills argued that “controlled contact is better than no contact” and criticized the government’s “leave them alone policy.”

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