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Last Updated: Friday May 30 2008 12:36 GMT

In pictures: Lost tribe in South America

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

This tribe in South America usually have no contact with the outside world, but these pictures give us a glimpse of how they live...

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

The people are painted with dyes made from fruit. The red figures are firing bows at the plane used to take the photos. They're thought to be men, and the black figure a woman.

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

The tribe live in these buildings with thatched roofs, called malocas. They have fires for cooking and heat - the bigger ones are used for sleeping and the smaller ones for cooking.

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

Around the buildings are gardens which the tribe use for growing things to eat.

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

There are only 100 uncontacted tribes in the whole world, and half of these are in Brazil or Peru. This tribe live in an area of the Amazon Rainforest.

Uncontacted tribe in Brazil (All pictures: Brazil National Indian Foundation)

The photos were taken by the Brazilian Government, to prove the tribe exists so their land, and way of life, can be protected.