June 25, 2011 10:51 PM EDT
Brazil officials said on Tuesday (June 21) they have located and photographed from the air one of the world's last uncontacted tribes in a remote corner of the Amazon forest, near the border of Peru. The pictures unveiled by the Brazilian government's agency of indigenous affairs (Funai) show four large thatched huts surrounded by corn, peanut and banana crops. Funai agents flew over the region known as Vale do Javari in April and confirmed the tribe's existence after three small forest clearings were detected on satellite images. Authorities believe the community houses about 200 indigenous people, who probably belong to the Pano linguistic group that straddles the border between Brazil, Peru and Bolivia.