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To protect only survivors of the decimated Amazon tribe, group sharing imagery announces that it is still alive



Screenshot: Fundação Nacional do Índio (YouTube)

An indigenous conservation agency in Brazil has released footage of a man who has been living alone in the Amazon forest in Rondônia for at least 22 years [19659003] The man allegedly in the Fifty, is said to have been the last survivor of his tribe after a small group of six farmers were killed by the peasants in 1995, after years of attacks by local loggers and private farmers who decimated the population.

It is believed that the man never spoke to anyone outside his tribe, and the name and language of the tribe are unknown.

Brazilian media speak of him as "the Loch Indian" and "native in the hole" is known to dig holes, probably for hiding and catching animals. Researchers found that he fills holes with sharpened rods to catch prey, and he put a hammock over a hole in his house.

The government agency Funai (Fundação Nacional do Índio) has been watching the man since he first met him in 1996. The policy of the group is to avoid contact, so she has been watching the man from a distance for all these years. The group recently found evidence of his presence in May.

The group recorded shaky footage of the man who felled a tree in 2011, but released it only last week.

Altair Algayer, regional coordinator of Funai, who is on the team that filmed the man, told the Guardian that he was be healthy. "He's very good, hunting, maintaining some plantations of papaya, corn," Algayer said.

Algayer told the point of sale that people have abandoned the seeds of human beings used by indigenous peoples and tools. But aside from using some of these offerings, he apparently does not want to have much to do with the outside world and has shot arrows at people who have come too close. "It's his sign of resistance, and a little rejection, hatred, knowing the story he went through," said Algayer.

Restricting the order protects the man's area – about 14 square miles, according to the BBC. But in order to maintain this protection, Funai must continue to prove that the man lives, said Fiona Watson, head of the Survival International research group, an advocacy group for indigenous peoples. "There is also a political motivation for the release of the video," she said. "Congress is dominated by agribusiness, Funai has cut its budget, there is a big attack on the indigenous rights that are going on in the country."

The man's territory is surrounded by deforested land and farms, and peasants seem to conquer the country.

Algayer told the Sydney Morning Herald that the Funai team was reluctant to release the material because it did not have the man's approval. The group decided, however, that the video would protect both the man and the country.

[Guardian, BBC, Sydney Morning Herald]


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