The crux of Hill and Walker’s proposal, summarized by The Independent, is to “instigate contact, educate, and inoculate the tribes before they have a chance to clash with illegal intruders.”

Last fall, a coalition of Indigenous organizations across South America penned an open letter to Hill and Walker denouncing the plan as “both dangerous and illegal,” saying that it “undermines the rights that Indigenous peoples have fought long and hard for.”

The letter continues:

“It goes down to the question of rights,” Watson told The Independent. “There’s lots of evidence to show that the uncontacted tribes are rejecting contact, and with tribes like the Awá who were first contacted in the seventies, plenty have said to me that they think it would have been better if they stayed in the forest.”

“They are not some prehistoric throwback,” she added. “They are contemporary people who have decided they want to live their way, and that is their choice.”

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