Last Known Survivor Of Tribe Murdered By Farmers Spotted After 22 Years Alone
Footage has emerged that shows a man believed to be the last remaining member of an Amazonian tribe. All other members of the tribe are thought to have been murdered by farmers more than two decades ago.
This means that for 22 years, this man has been trying to make a living entirely on his own in the Amazon jungle.
The video was taken in the Brazilian state of Rondonia, near the border with Brazil, and shows the man, who is thought to be in his 50s, hacking at a tree and trying to cut it down.
The film was taken by representatives of the Brazilian government FUNIA, which tries to protect and observe uncontacted tribes in the country.
This man is known as 'the indigenous man in the hole' on account of the many holes that he has been observed digging, either to hunt, or to shelter himself.
FUNAI has a rule against contacting indigenous tribes and also protects the areas in which Brazil's many uncontacted tribes live. Many indigenous people were killed or kicked off their land in the 1970s and 80s.
It is thought this man was once a member of a tribe of six. All of the other members are believed to have been killed back in 1995. He was discovered in 1996.
He lives in a wooden hut in the jungle, surrounded by small plantations where he grows corn and papayas. He also subsists on hunting pigs, monkeys and birds - with a bow and arrow.
It doesn't seem like he wants to have any interaction with the outside world, and really, can you blame him?
FUNAI's Altair Algayer said: "He is very well, hunting, maintaining some plantations of papaya, corn,
"He has good health and a good physical shape doing all those exercises."
He continued: "I understand his decision. It is his sign of resistance, and a little repudiation, hate, knowing the story he went through."
Given that his entire protected area is surrounded by farms and ranches, it's remarkable that he has been able to carve out this living for himself on his own for 22 years.
This is in no small part down to the work of FUNAI. They reckon there are 113 tribes that are not part of mainstream society in Brazil. They've confirmed 23 of these. More and more of them are being threatened as the Amazon is deforested and destroyed.
Here's hoping that 'the man in the hole' can stay where he is.
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