Isolated Amazonian Tribe Reunited With Family After Years Apart

Members of an isolated Amazonian tribe have been reunited with each other after years apart.

An emotional video shows the moment members of the divided Korubo tribe encounter each other for the first time since an internal dispute four years earlier.

The visibly shaken group share an emotional reunion, huddling together while crying.

The incredible footage was shot by Funai, Brazil's indigenous affairs department, during an expedition to bring peace to the Javari Valley.

On 3 March a team from the government agency, alongside members of the Korubo tribe, set off on the biggest expedition to the area in more than 20 years.

Two weeks into their trek, the group finally came face to face with two Korubo hunters, who were related to the group of Korubos in the expedition team.

The emotional reunion was caught on film. Credit: BERNARDO SILVA/FUNAI
The emotional reunion was caught on film. Credit: BERNARDO SILVA/FUNAI

The expedition leader Bruno Pereira said: "It was actually quite moving. We soon discovered that the two Korubo who were coming in our direction were blood brothers of a Korubo who was part of the expedition team.

"They hadn't seen each other since 2015. It was an emotional situation and they cried, they thought their relatives were dead."

The group were then taken to meet all 34 members of the Korubo tribe, who were vaccinated and given a series of health checks.

For decades the Korubos have been at war with the Matis - a tribe known as the 'cat people' for the whiskers they attach to their faces.


The conflict began in 1920 when the Matis kidnapped two Korubo girls and took them back to their village.

Almost 100 years later, tensions rose once again when the Korubos split in two, with one half - which included a relative of one of the girls who had been abducted years previously - leaving the village and moving closer to the Matis.

According to reports, the Matis people have repeatedly asked Funai for help, as they believe the Korubos were seeking revenge after mistakenly believing the Matis had killed their relatives.

It is hoped this latest breakthrough will go some way to restoring peace to the Javari Valley indigenous reserve, where the Korubo and Matis both live.

The remote area is home to seven unconnected tribes, making it one of the largest concentrations of isolated peoples in the whole of Brazil.

Featured Image Credit: PA/BERNARDO SILVA/FUNAI

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