Territories of Uncontacted Tribes


Uncontacted peoples are communities who live without significant contact with globalized civilization, most often by choice. Although we commonly call them ‘uncontacted,’ a more accurate description is probably ‘voluntarily isolated’ or ‘withdrawn’ or ‘evasive.’ They live in the Amazon Rainforest, the island of New Guinea, and on India’s North Sentinel Island. Survival International reports that about one hundred groups around the world prefer to be left alone. Knowledge of the existence of these groups comes mostly from encounters with neighboring tribes and from aerial footage.

These maps won’t help anyone make ‘first contact’. But they will help to stop oil companies and loggers from invading the lands of uncontacted tribes. These maps show the territories of uncontacted tribes around the world. The territories are typically thousands of square kilometres in size, and the locations are deliberately approximate. No one should go to tribes which aren’t in regular contact with outsiders. It’s dangerous for everyone.

Learn more about the work being done to protect the tribes and their land by Survival International.

Source: http://www.uncontactedtribes.org/where

Uncontacted World

The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes around the world.

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The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes in South America.

Uncontacted New Guinea

The approximate locations of uncontacted tribes in New Guinea.

Inuit Cartography


In Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), the Inuit people are known for carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried in a mitten, represent coastlines in a continuous line, up one side of the wood and down the other. The maps are compact, buoyant, and can be read in the dark.

These three wooden maps show the journey from Sermiligaaq to Kangertittivatsiaq, on Greenland’s East Coast. The map to the right shows the islands along the coast, while the map in the middle shows the mainland and is read from one side of the block around to the other. The map to the left shows the peninsula between the Sermiligaaq and Kangertivartikajik fjords.

Source: Topografisk Atlas Grønland