Since it hit the headlines I have often wondered how this tribe was coping, all the time hoping we (as in the 'civilised' world) would just leave them alone to get on with their lives (and deaths).
I was pretty sick not long after this and to a great degree lost touch with what was happening in the world around me and so I missed the news that the whole thing was a hoax and that the tribe has in fact been monitored since the early twentieth century.
I raised the subject because one of the tv channels (Rupert Murdoch owned) is advertising their big Sunday Night Special on the tribe and the ad showed the reporters and cameras clustered around the 'subjects' in their usual sensitive manner (ie with sledge hammer tactics). It broke my heart to see this. Anything for a fast buck. No doubt the do-gooders will step in to dress them, convert them, give them each the latest model cell phone (and disease)and exploit them cruelly just as we have done to every innocent culture we have ever come across.
Don't feel very charitable towards my fellow man at present.