All rights reserved. The tread marks in the blood-red earth are deep—and fresh. Tainaky Tenetehar climbs off his dirt bike for a closer look. Through binoculars, he scans the rolling hills of fire-scorched savanna that lead out to a tree-crowned ridge in the distance. The patrol forms a motley crew: patched jeans and camouflage and aviator shades and bandannas to shield their faces from the ubiquitous dry-season dust.
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The group of men are believed to be natives of Peru but they were filmed in northern Brazil on the banks of the Envira River which runs near the Peruvian border. The encounter took place within the last two weeks, but the video was released today by the Brazilian indigenous authority FUNAI. The tribal men are naked except for belts and loincloths and carry different weapons, including bows and arrows and spears in the 8-minute video. A few of the tribal men are seen with markings on their faces and they all have styled their dark black hair in a similar bowl-cut fashion. At one point one of the men blatantly steals a machete-type knife while another takes an ax from a settlement, despite shouts of protest by the villagers. Another member of their group grabs a blue material that looks like either a towel or a piece of clothing.
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A year-old tribal girl sustained burn injuries in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district when two men entered her house and tried to set her mother on fire demanding that the latter withdraw the rape case registered against one of them, police said on Saturday. A year-old tribal girl from a remote village in Gujarat's Chhota Udepur district was allegedly thrashed by three men in the presence of her father and local residents for eloping with a man a few days ago, said police on Wednesday. A special court in Chhattisgarh's Raigarh district has sentenced five men to life imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a year-old tribal girl in
Tribal women have known brutal displacement, fear, murder and rape at the hands of invaders, for decades. They have seen their lands taken from them, their self-respect annihilated and their futures become uncertain. Yet despite their suffering, the resistance of many tribal women is growing. They call themselves Jharnia , or, protectors of streams.