Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018
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A rare video shows the last surviving member of the Amazonian tribe

A rare video released by a government agency in Brazil shows images of a lonely survivor of an Amazonian tribe who has been living alone for 22 years.

The Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front monitors the man and, without ever speaking to him, has helped to ensure his protection against all external threats, according to the Fundação Nacional do Indigo, or the FUNAI, a Brazilian government . agency that protects the interests and culture of natives in the country.

The video, taken from afar, shows a shaky image of the man who hacks a tree with an ax to Tanaru, an indigenous territory surrounded by private farms and deforested clearings in the Brazilian state of Rondonia .

  PHOTO: The only survivor of an Amazonian tribe lives alone for 22 years. FUNAI
The only survivor of an Amazonian tribe lives alone for 22 years.
  PHOTO: Pictures show the only survivor of an Amazonian tribe, according to FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests of natives FUNAI
Images show the only survivor of a Amazonian tribe, according to the FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests of natives

The man seems to be almost naked in the pictures published by the agency. He seems to be carrying a mustache in a close-up of his face, a third of which is hidden behind leaves.

Another image shows a hut where the tribe apparently lived, with a thatched roof made of local vegetation.

  PHOTO: A straw house known as maloca, which was built by the sole survivor of an Amazonian tribe, according to FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests of natives. Acervo / Funai
According to the FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects indigenous interests, the "maloca", built by the sole survivor of an Amazonian tribe, was built in the 1980s. The creation of farms and the illegal logging of forests in Rondonia is leading to repeated attacks on indigenous peoples living there, according to FUNAI.

The video man is considered the only survivor after the farmers attacked a group of six in 1995, FUNAI said. The agency has been monitoring the man since 1996, but attempts to contact him – the latest of which was made in 2005 – have not succeeded, the agency said.

He clarified that he does not want to be contacted, the BBC reported, adding that the agency's policy is to avoid contact with isolated groups.

  PHOTO: Images show the only survivor of an Amazonian tribe, according to FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests of natives. FUNAI
Images show the only survivor of an Amazonian tribe, according to the FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests of natives.

A Brazilian law allows for protection actions on lands outside the boundaries of indigenous lands when isolated indigenous peoples roam them, FUNAI said. The people who attend leave only a few tools and seeds so that he can plant in places that he often passes, FUNAI said.

The video was shot to prove that he is alive in order to renew the order of restriction, according to the BBC.

In 2012, FUNAI recorded indigenous crops of maize, potatoes, bananas and papayas that live on food and animals that they hunt.

The man is in his fifties, but little is known about him, the BBC reported. In Brazil, it has been dubbed "the Indian Hole" or "Indian Hole" because it usually leaves behind large holes or ditches, probably to trap animals.

The existence of man proves that even when he is alone in the middle of the Amazon, it is possible to survive and withstand the alliance with the society, according to the FUNAI.

ABC News & # 39; Ben Gittleson contributed to this report.

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