The Unconquered: Brazil's People of the Arrow

The Unconquered: Brazil's People of the Arrow

Video. Journey with author Scott Wallace deep into the Amazon rain forest in search of one of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth.


9 - 12+


Geography, Human Geography

NG Live

This video was filmed on November 3, 2011 as part of the National Geographic Live! Lecture series at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 2002, National Geographic sent journalist Scott Wallace into the deepest recesses of Brazil’s Amazon to track an uncontacted indigenous tribe—the People of the Arrow. Hear his gripping first-person account of adventure and survival as described in his new book: The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes.


  • An Amazon mission: uncontacted tribes and the People of the Arrow (start-03:54 min.)

  • About mission leader Sydney Possuelo, and protecting indigenous tribes (03:55-06:21 min.)

  • Geography of the Javari region (06:22-07:22 min.)

  • Mission objective: Do not contact the tribe. Get information to better protect their land (07:23-08:02 min.)

  • Starting the journey: boating from Tabatinga to the head of the Itaquai River (08:03-09:41 min.)

  • Walking by foot through impenetrable jungle (09:42-11:04 min.)

  • Wildlife, biodiversity, and climate in the Amazon (11:05-13:19 min.)

  • The campsite: food and shelter (13:20-14:24 min.)

  • Signs of the Arrow People (14:25-15:50 min.)

  • On the alert: the Arrow people are watching (15:51-17:53 min.)

  • Transit-point and moving away from the Arrow people (17:54-19:01 min.)

  • Missing scouts and a village of the Arrow people (19:02-22:27 min.)

  • A three day forced march and building canoes (22:28-23:51 min.)

  • Two weeks of canoeing and back to Tabatinga (23:52-24:38 min.)

  • Conclusion: the Arrow people are safe, and their land should be protected. (24:38-25:37min.)


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Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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