playing in the same band

The WholeWorldBand. An uncontacted tribe coming to light.Will limited contact be necessary to protect the groups from external threats? Like Neanderthal Man recorded forty years ago, that glimpse, that brief appearance of a hitherto uncontacted tribe that vanished into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, biding its time, sharpening its blades, munching on bananas, peanuts and corn and the odd piece of game. They’re back.

…Brazilian authorities say they have pinpointed the location of a community of ancient and uncontacted tribespeople in one of the remotest corners of the Amazon rainforest. Fabricio Amorim, a regional co-ordinator for Brazil’s indigenous foundation, Funai, said the indigenous community had been found after three small forest clearings were detected on satellite images. Flyovers were carried out in April, confirming the community’s existence….

---Three years ago Survival International released images of the same tribe to prove their existence and the fact that they should be protected from the loggers, who were scything their way though the rainforest. On that occasion the hunters of the group fired arrows and flung spears at the helicopter, not knowing - of course - what the helicopter was. But while the Brazilian government have marked out three continuous areas of territory on their side of the border, where four or more tribes live in peace, their Peruvian neighbours continue to adopt a more uncaring attitude. President Alan García, who took charge of Peru in July 2006, has even gone on record to say that these tribes do not exist. Read more:

Four straw-roofed huts, flanked by banana trees and encircled by thick jungle, can be seen in photographs taken during the flyover. The community is likely to be home to about 200 people, probably from the Pano linguistic group which straddles the border between Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, according to Funai. Amorim said the region — known as the Vale do Javari — contained “the greatest concentration of isolated groups in the Amazon and the world” but warned of growing threats to their survival.( Guardian )

Read More: ---Many of Segal’s life-size installations deal with the idea of isolation within a group. “The Diner” (1964-1966), for example, presents a moment between a waitress and her customer. Although they are the only two in an otherwise empty restaurant, there is a quiet tension between them as the waitress keeps her back turned to her slouching customer. Other works find men and women riding together on a bus, crossing the street, or standing in a bread line—yet, never do they seem to notice one another as they’re busy in their own worlds.---

You can look at Wholeworldband as an inner necessity of modern life. A groping for an answer to an increasingly narcissistic music scene in which music is conceived, quantified, as an advertisement for a performer’s grandiose self. Kevin Godley’s project seems more, at this point, as more an artistic than commercial project. It appears to have that hang-time that conveys a sort of consciousness of the eternal in the present; as if it has been tried somewhere before in a deep and distant place in the psyche that equally alluded to something that holds out the promise for the individual to engage others on a global scale through non-violent relations.

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