The Korubo are some of the last people on Earth to live in near isolation from modern society although they have on numerous occasions had violent contact with the surrounding communities.
An offshoot of the group is led by a female named Maya. This splinter group has around 23 members and the larger group is estimated to have 150 members.
Their hunting and war weapon of choice is the club, and aside from poison darts they use no other ranged weapons. Their workday is about 4-5 hours long. They often live inside large, communal huts called malocas.
Their diet includes fish, spider monkeys, peccary, birds, wild pig, fruit, manioc and corn. A leading cause of illness and death within the tribe is by malaria, which is brought by outsiders. They have some knowledge of agriculture, making clearings for harvests of crops.
A dispute between about 20 members and the main tribe caused the two bands to separate. The main tribe is for the time being in complete isolation whereas the smaller band of Korubo have frequent interaction with neighbouring settlements and FUNAI employees. Population figures of the main tribe are unknown but estimated from aerial reconnaissance of houses to be a few hundred individuals.
National Geographic Magazine wrote an article about them in its August 2003 edition called After First Contact. More recently, The Smithsonian wrote an article about the same tribe called Out of Time in its April 2005 edition.
A first peaceful contact in 1972 ended tragically and over the following decades Brazil's FUNAI agency lost seven civil servants in attempts to establish a peaceful relation with them. This finally occurred in 1996.
Much is unknown about these people, because of FUNAI's refusal to let anthropologists study the group. After a long history from the 1950s of massacres of this indigenous people a special department of FUNAI organized an expedition in 1996 to establish a first peaceful contact with them. The Korubo in the past have killed trespassers on their land and the latest incident occurred year 2000, when Korubo warriors killed three lumbermen near the Indian Reservation. FUNAI helps the Korubo by giving them modern immunization shots and checking up on them often. FUNAI also established a national park that encompasses the Korubo's land in order to stop logging in the area. Their goal is to prevent further contact with the tribe by modern society in order to preserve their way of life for several more years.
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