They are hard to reach regions, but Funai’s team has traveled more than 180 kilometers in river boats, dirt trucks, motorcycles on closed trails and another 120 kilometers on foot within the dense forest. It was in this last one, more specifically in the tributaries of the rivers Jutaí and Juruazinho, in the state of Amazonas, where evidence of the movement of isolated Indians is verified.
All this action of FUNAI is made to fulfill the work of protection of isolated Indians, reported by the expedition of “Monitoring the Presence of Isolated Indians in the Rio Juruazinho”, held between July 16 and August 1 by the Coordination of the Protection Front Ethnoambiental Vale do Javari (FPEVJ), through its Protection Service in Eirunepé-AM.
The Juruazinho River comprises the southern boundary of the Indigenous Land (TI) Javari Valley and the north of the Mawetek Indigenous Land. IT Vale do Javari is the second largest in the country and is located in the southwest of Amazonas, on the border between Brazil and Peru. It was occupied by six contacted people (Matsés, Matis, Marubo, Kanamari and Kulina-Pano), two of recent contacts (Korubo and Tsohom Djapa) and sixteen registers in a study of isolated Indians (11 confirmed). confirmed groups of Indians isolated from the country. TI Mawetek is an exclusive usufruct of the Kanamari people and is inserted in the tributaries that form the river Juruá, near the city of Eirunepé, being contiguous to the southern limit of the TI of the Javari Valley.
The activity was attended by the Military Police of the Amazon in the inspection stage and, in the expedition of monitoring of isolated Indians, had the collaboration of indigenous Kanamari, who occupy both indigenous lands, and are deep knowers of this region.
The team found evidence and recorded the assiduous presence of hunters in several tributaries of the Juruazinho river. Two hunting teams that were close to the limits of the Javari Valley IT were caught with environmental illicit, and the seizure and release of live animals.
One landowner in the region, who sought to illegally occupy part of the Mawetek Indigenous Land, was warned by FUNAI staff, as well as two other livestock owners were formally notified with time to withdraw their goods and correct their fences accordingly with the boundaries of the Mawetek Indigenous Land.
“This is the third ground-based monitoring expedition of the isolated Indians in less than a year in this region.” Two other flyovers were also carried out during this period: the proposal is to maintain a continuous work of FPEVJ, starting from Eirunepé-AM, other areas of circulation of isolated Indians in the upper reaches of the Jutaí and Itaquaí rivers. Vigilance and surveillance should be intensified in the region to curb the actions of violators and ensure the full possession of the territory by the indigenous people, “said Vitor Góis, Funai’s coordinated the work in the field. The activities had local support from the Regional Coordination of Juruá / Funai, in Cruzeiro do Sul (AC), and from the Local Technical Coordination of Funai in Eirunepé (AM).