10 Most Isolated Tribes Untouched By Modern Society

Tribes have been into existence all over the globe since ages, but the most surprising fact comes to light when they have not come in touch with the modern society till date. Isolation can probably happen either as a result of modern civilization, environmental changes, or voluntary isolation. Here, we have listed the 10 most isolated tribes untouched by modern society, which were discovered by anonymous people while wandering deep into the forest and isolated areas.

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10. Ishi


Ishi was the last member of the Native American who avoided the modern civilization completely from his life. He belonged to a group of Yana of the U.S. State of California. Ishi refers to a “Man” in the Yana language, since asking name from the Yana group was considered rude. Ishi was the only survivor from the Yana group, who had no choice to explore the modern world at the age of 50, after long nightmare struggles of starvation. In America, he is considered as the “last wild Indian” due to his courageous starvation throughout his life. He was a part of San Francisco University for five years after his exploration towards modern society.

9. The Surma People

The Surma People

The Surma People are one of the tribal groups that avoided the global civilization by residing in South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia. The rituals followed by the Surma tribes are pathetic, which mainly involves adapting the youngsters to feel the blood and pain of an individual. The culture of Surma tribes majorly involves piercing a wooden plate right below the lip as a symbol of beauty. The piercing is carried out on a girl’s ears when she is in her puberty. Men scar their body with blades and thrones when they kill the rivalry tribes, as symbol of pride.

8. Mayoruna Tribe

Mayoruna Tribe

Mayoruna Tribes are also known as “Matsés”, which consists of a total population of about 2,200 people. The tribal community resides in Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon forest. They become highly violent when an intruder is seen around the Matsés’s region. Illegal trespassing activities are seen in the Brazilian Amazon forest in the areas of Mayoruna, which fragile the settlement of tribal group. Men generally hunt for frogs that contain a fluidic content in its body, which can contribute to strengthen the individual with initial side effect of vomiting and nausea. They use poisonous frogs as well in order to defend themselves from intruders.

7. The Nukak-Maku People

The Nukak Maku People

The Nukak-Maku People live in the tropical regions of Amazon forest between Inirida and Guaviare rivers. The tribal group is completely at their extinction stage due to malnutrition and other diseases. Nukak people owned hefty acres of land for their livelihood few years ago, but was unfortunately ruptured by modern civilization. Now, the community owns land worth half the size of a football field. Many of the Nukak individuals get into depression as they have no sufficient land for hunting and fishing. The survey revealed that, exposure of Nukak people into modern civilization led to respiratory disorders, illness, diarrhoea and other deadly diseases being the major cause for their extinction.

6. The New Guinea Tribes

The New Guinea Tribes

The New Guinea Tribes are commonly recognized as the “Papuan Tribes”, which is one of the most isolated tribe in the islands of New Guinea. There are about 312 and above tribal groups in and around the New Guinea Island, but the Papuan Tribes have not approached the modern society till date. Some of the tribal groups are very violent that mainly involves in cannibalism. The New Guinea Tribes look unique in terms of appearance, however tracking them is highly impossible. There have been many attempts to track the tribal community but were unsuccessful. The reports allegedly notify that the tribes catch the intruders and produce the cannibalism on the victims.

5. The Pintupi Nine

The Pintupi Nine

As the name says, the tribal group was a count of nine people named “The Pintupi Nine”, who are also referred as “the lost tribes”. The most unfortunate moment for the Pintupi group was when the contact was made with the external world in 1984, which lead to a complete shatter of the community. The tribal group had settled in Western Australia-Northern Territory with diet of rabbits and plants. Yari Yari is the only person who is believed to survive from the Pintupi group, who is now named as “Thomas” and has world recognition.

4. Yanomami Tribes

Yanomami Tribes

The Yanomami Tribe is the one of the most isolated, who have not got in touch with the modern society for thousands of years. They reside in the rainforest of South America and the population count is comprehensively very high. They are highly endangered by intruders and the Brazilian Government have not been trying to protect the tribal community. Yanomami tribes are very violent when not only to the other tribal groups, but also among themselves. Though they are fierce in nature, they find themselves very difficult to compete with the modern equipment. They are highly susceptible to external damages like wind, insect bites and storm.

3. Zo’é


The Zo’é is a very small tribal community with a count of about 100, residing deep in the Amazon rainforest of northern Brazil. The tribal group has never approached the outside world till date for the survival and their territory is highly protected with tribal guards from being invaded by intruders. Due to unfortunate outburst of deadly disease amongst the group in 1987, the Zo’é tribes had to get in touch with the outside in search for ailment. The tribes look typically unique, which involve a pierced wooden piece tucked below the individual’s lip to show as a symbol of Zo’é community. Their primary food during summer being monkey as the numbers are drastically high, and during winter would manioc- a root plant.

2. Ayoreo Totobiegosode

Ayoreo Totobiegosode

The Ayoreo tribes are also known as “Ayoreode”, who majorily reside in Bolivia and Peruguay with a mere population of about 5000 people. Totobiegosode, meaning “People from the place of wild pigs”, are the most isolated ones when compared to other Ayoreo tribes. Foreigners invaded the areas of Totobiegosode for the first time in 1940s, which led to a sudden outbreak of war between them that caused causalities on both the ends. The livelihood of Totobiegosode has gone really very hard due to the Brazilian firm, who are constantly chopping the forest and other constructions built by them.

1. The Sentinelese Tribes

The Sentinelese Tribes

The Sentinelese are considered to be the most isolated tribes with a population of about 250-300 people. They reside in an Island famously recognized as “North Sentinal Island”, located off the coast of Bay of Bengal. The Sentinelese tribes are in contact with one and only tribal family – Jarawa, who as well are a part of Andaman Nicobar Tribes. The communication of these tribes is yet to be classified and there are no signs of crop cultivation for their livelihood. North Sentinal Island is also considered to be one of the dangerous islands due to tribal attacks. The Sentinelese tribes are very aggressive and lethal while greeting a third person, which mainly involves chucking the arrows towards them. In 1974, the National Geographic Team was attacked as soon as they landed on the island that left two crew members dead and other members injured.

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