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Mashco-Piro make an appearanace

20 August 2013

Last year, for unknown reasons, the Mascho-Piro killed the only person capable of interpreting between them and the rest of the world (Mashco-Piro linguistically isolated, this blog).

Voluntarily isolated, the Mascho-Piro made a rare appearance from June 24-26, asking for supplies such as rope and bananas. Their appearance may be due to increasing encroachment on the itinerant people’s territory by oil and drug interests, and the low rainfall of the season may also be a factor.

The group speaks Mascho-Piro (cuj), a language of the Piro group, which includes Yine (pib). They are among 15 groups in Peru that are prohibited by law from being contacted, primarily to protect them from disease.

See “Peru’s isolated Mashco-Piro tribe ‘asks for food,'” (has video of the Masco-Piro), “Isolated Mashco-Piro Indians appear in Peru” and “Peru’s Mashco-Piro Indians Make Tense Attempt At Contact.”


Mashco-Piro linguistically isolated

1 February 2012

For unknown reasons, the Mascho-Piro of Peru killed  Nicolas “Shaco” Flores, the only person capable of communicating with the isolated group. That is according to “Isolated Peru tribe makes uncomfortable contact.”

The Ethnologue has a 1976 citation saying for Mascho-Piro (cuj), saying there are between 20 and 100 people. The “Isolated” article says it is believed there are hundreds in the group.

According to Survival International, there are about 100 uncontacted peoples in the world today, including 15 in Peru.