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Sep 11, 2012
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Rare Amazon encounter

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By Carlos Garcia Rawlins

When I show him a photo I’ve just taken of a fellow tribe member, he smiles. He’s fascinated and can’t believe it. When I point the lens at him and then show him his own image on the screen, his body retracts. He frowns, confused.

In the depths of the Amazon jungle, just 19 km (12 miles) from the Brazilian border, is the village of Irotatheri of the Yanomami tribe, that still groups around a fire. They live barefoot, semi-naked, and free. Until last week they had not seen any humans that didn’t look like they do. Never had they seen any outsider, let alone a bearded one.

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      "Born in Venezuela in 1979, I have worked as a freelance photographer since 2006. I joined Reuters as a stringer based in Caracas in 2007 and currently also work as a photography teacher at one of the most important photography schools of the country."
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