The Unconquered by Scott Wallace
In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes

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Even today there remain tribes in the far reaches of the Amazon rainforest that have avoided contact with modern civilization. Deliberately hiding from the outside world, they are the unconquered, the last survivors of an ancient culture that predates the arrival of Columbus in the New World.  In this gripping first-person account of adventure and survival, author Scott Wallace chronicles an expedition into the Amazon’s uncharted depths, discovering the rainforest’s secrets while moving ever closer to a possible encounter with one such tribe—the mysterious flecheiros, or “People of the Arrow,” seldom-glimpsed warriors known to repulse all intruders with showers of deadly arrows. On assignment for National Geographic, Wallace joins Brazilian explorer Sydney Possuelo at the head of a thirty-four-man team that ventures deep into the unknown in search of the tribe. Possuelo’s mission is to protect the Arrow People. But the information he needs to do so can only be gleaned by entering a world of permanent twilight beneath the forest canopy.

Danger lurks at every step as the expedition seeks out the Arrow People even while trying to avoid them. Along the way, Wallace uncovers clues as to who the Arrow People might be, how they have managed to endure as one of the last unconquered tribes, and why so much about them must remain shrouded in mystery if they are to survive. Laced with lessons from anthropology and the Amazon’s own convulsed history, and boasting a Conradian cast of unforgettable characters—all driven by a passion to preserve the wild, but also wracked by fear, suspicion, and the desperate need to make it home alive—The Unconquered reveals this critical battleground in the fight to save the planet as it has rarely been seen, wrapped in a page-turning tale of adventure.

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About Scott Wallace

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SCOTT WALLACE is a journalist whose assignments have taken him from the Himalayas and the streets of Baghdad to the Alaskan Arctic and the Amazon. A former correspondent for the Guardian and Newsweek, he has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Harper's. His photography has appeared in Smithsonian, Outside, and Sports Afield. His television credits include CBS, CNN, and National Geographic Channel.
Published October 18, 2011 by Broadway Books. 514 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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As head of Brazil’s Department of Isolated Indians, wilderness scout Sydney Possuelo, 62, had already confirmed the existence of 17 uncontacted tribes by 2002, when the author was assigned by National Geographic to cover Possuelo’s attempt to find yet another group said to be living deep in the A...

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National Geographic writer Wallace recounts his grueling odyssey into the remotest stretches of the Amazon Basin as he tracks down the ”Arrow People,” one of the last “uncontacted” tribes left in the world.

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For the native peoples of the Amazon, the beginning of the end arrived one day early in 1500, when Spanish explorer Vicente Yáñez Pinzón eased his small ship into the mouth of the great river.

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In 2002, National Geographic correspondent Scott Wallace joined a grueling expedition into the Javari Valley Indigenous Land in Brazil.

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In 2002, Brazilian explorer Sydney Possuelo set out to locate the mysterious flecheiros—Arrow People—thought to be living deep in the Amazon rainforest and one of the last uncontacted tribes left in the world.

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In fact, my first thought after reading your review was that I would *like* to read it to see how it compares to the account of the Pirahã Indians of Amazonian Brazil by Everett, but now, after seeing how defensive and immature this author is, frankly I am no longer interested.

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New York Post

In 2002, National Geographic journalist Scott Wallace went on an expedition in the Amazon to locate one such uncontacted tribe and writes about the complex and arduous journey in his book “Unconquered.” Along the way, he tells the story of the history of western Amazon: the deforestation and abu...

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