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The Awa Tribe in northern Brazil are one of the last people on Earth untouched by modern man. They are a nomadic people that live in perfect harmony with nature, including the women who breastfeed baby animals. The animals, part of the family, help the tribe gather food. Comment with your thoughts.

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Pushed to brink of extinction, extraordinary photos of the Awa Amazon tribe so at one with nature they breastfeed SQUIRRELS
-The Awa tribe living in Amazonian forests in east Brazil has been all but wiped out by colonists and illegal ranchers
-Tens of thousands of them lived in settlements in Brazil's Maranhao state 500 years ago, only around 300 remain
-The Awa love animals so much the women breastfeed them to become 'hanima' and treated as part of the family
-In return, the animals help them with everyday tasks such as cracking open nuts and getting fruit from high trees

Giving the Amazon rainforest back to the Awa tribe.
Logging in the Brazilian Amazon has had a devastating effect on the rainforest and its indigenous people. However, a new operation by the army, air force and military police is designed to save an endangered tribe - by keeping loggers off their land.

'They're killing us': world's most endangered tribe cries for help
Logging companies keen to exploit Brazil's rainforest have been accused by human rights organisations of using gunmen to wipe out the Awá, a tribe of just 355.

Earth's Most Threatened Tribe

Awá-Guajá people.
The Awá or Guajá are an endangered indigenous group of people living in the eastern Amazon forests of Brazil. There are approximately 350 members and 100 of them have no contact with the outside world. Their language is in the Tupi–Guaraní family. Originally living in settlements, they adopted a nomadic lifestyle about 1800 to escape incursions by Europeans. During the 19th century, they came under increasing attack by settlers in the region, who cleared most of the forests from their land. From the mid-1980s onward, some Awá moved to government-established settlements, but for the most part they were able to maintain their traditional way of life, living entirely off their forests, in nomadic groups of a few dozen people, with little or no contact with the outside world.

In 1982, the Brazilian government received a loan of 900 million USD from the World Bank and the European Union. One condition of this loan was that the lands of certain indigenous peoples (including the Awá) would be demarcated and protected. This was particularly important for the Awá because their forests were increasingly being invaded by outsiders. There were many cases of tribespeople being killed by settlers, and the forest on which they depend was being destroyed by logging and land clearance for farming. Without government intervention it seemed very likely that the Awá and their ancient culture would become extinct.

However, the Brazilian government was extraordinarily slow to act on its commitment. It took twenty years of sustained pressure from campaigning organisations such as Survival International and the Forest Peoples Programme before, in March 2003, the Awá's land was finally demarcated.

During this time, encroachment on their land and a series of massacres had reduced Awá numbers to about 300, of whom only about 60 were still living their traditional, isolated, hunter-gatherer way of life.