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The Zoë Tribe
Although access to remote tribes is usually denied to outsiders by the Brazilian government, a rare permit to enter Zoë territory was granted for filming a sequence of the large-format film Amazon. The Zoë are an isolated group of about 160 aborigines speaking a Tupi tongue. They may be the only intact tribe in the Americas largely unchanged by Western culture. They are the sole human inhabitants of an upland rain forest near the northern edge of the Amazon Basin.
Interesting Facts about the Zoë:
"One hope I have is that people will see Amazon and have a better appreciation for the unique and beautiful peoples of the region," said director Kieth Merrill. "I hope people will come to see the logic in preserving the people of the rain forest—and not just in order to 'civilize' them."