Members of an unknown Amazon Basin tribe and their dwellings are seen during a flight over the Brazilian state of Acre along the border with Peru in a May, 2008 photo distributed by Survival International. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhuanet) -- The photographer who peddled photos of a lost Amazon tribe to news outlets worldwide has admitted they were part of a hoax intended to call attention to dangers posed by Brazil's logging industry.
The photos, one of which showed tribesmen aiming at
an aircraft with their bows and arrows, were purportedly of warriors of a lost
tribe near the Brazilian-Peruvian border.
But, as photographer Jose Carlos Meirelles recently
explained, authorities have known about this particular tribe since 1910.
Meirelles and the agency that released the photos wanted to make it appear they
were member of a lost tribe in order to publicize the dangers the logging
industry may have on the tribe.