An airplane dispatched by the Brazilian government as a part of its continued efforts to stop illegal logging and mining in the Amazon rain forest recently snapped the first ever aerial photographs of an as-yet uncontacted tribe of indigenous Yanomami people, living in total solitude deep within the jungle.

The photographs depict what is called a “yano,” or communal house, as well as some of the tribe’s population as they came outside to see the plane as it flew overhead.  The yano is comprised of multiple sections, each dedicated to a family, in which they have space to sleep as well as to store and prepare food.  It is believed that around one hundred people reside within each yano.


The tribe is one of three remaining groups of indigenous people believed to reside in the area that have yet to make any form of contact with the developed world.  The territory is officially protected by the Brazilian government and is home to nearly twenty-two thousand individuals that are split into multiple tribes, most of which have been in contact with local or national government officials.