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What does this photo of primitive Peruvian tribe people tell us?

Commented on February 01, 2012
Created February 01, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I saw this photo on yahoo news:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/business-1316120612-slideshow/nov-2011-image-made-available-survival-international-tuesday-photo-151033215.html

What do you think it can tell us about natural living in natural conditions? I found myself studying it with interest. These people have had almost zero contact with outsiders. Apparently, in recent years, they have only had personal contact with one single individual outside their tribe group and the only thing they have gotten was cooking pots and machetes. Likely, their foods and general ways of living have not changed much from that alone.

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on February 01, 2012
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and the guy sitting on the log has uncharacteristically poor posture for a limited contact tribe

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on February 01, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Here's the zoom-out of that picture: http://s.njuice.com/thumb/77/isolated-peruvian-tribe-pictured_l.png

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on February 01, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I figured it out, and if you don't mind, I'll fix it for you.

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on February 01, 2012
at 07:18 PM

The link doesn't work for me, can you fix it?

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on February 01, 2012
at 07:33 PM

"What do you think it can tell us about natural living in natural conditions?"

Nothing.

A photo is an instant in time and can be staged or framed to tell a different story than what actually happened. There is no context so even if it tells you something, it might not be the correct something.

Just by looking at the photo, you can't actually tell if the people are from some limited contact tribe or if it's staged as an artists conception of how this limited contact tribe might appear.

Behind the photographer could be a super walmart and a mcdonald's where they hunt and gather all their food.

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on February 01, 2012
at 07:35 PM

and the guy sitting on the log has uncharacteristically poor posture for a limited contact tribe

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