RIO DE JANEIRO – The lonely survivor of an isolated tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, watched and assisted by far by the government for decades, looks healthy in a new rare video released this week , who shows him an ax to a tree
Anthropologists claim that the man, who would be in his fifties, has lived alone in the jungle of Rondônia State since other members of his tribe died in the 1990s, probably killed by breeders
. to become a symbol of the resilience of the more than 100 isolated communities that survive in remote areas of Brazil, under pressure from farmers, miners and loggers who grow further into the Amazon jungle.
The National Indian Foundation, or FUNAI, a government From 1996, he attempted to establish contact with the man, but he reacted with hostility to foreigners. In 2005, he wounded a FUNAI official by shooting an arrow
Most Read Nation & World Stories
Unlimited digital access. Since then, the government has chosen to help the mysterious man by far, leaving him tools and seeds to grow crops and seeking to keep the invaders out of his habitat, which is an indigenous territory protected. 19659002] FUNAI recorded the remote man in the new video. Videos like these are made to justify the legal and regulatory protections that are extended to indigenous territories.
Altair Algayer, a FUNAI official who was involved in the surveillance of man and the safeguard of his territory, said to marvel at the determination of the survivor "This man, who is a mystery for us, lost everything, his people, a series of cultural practices, "Algayer said in a statement. "Yet he has proved that, although he is alone in the jungle, it is possible to survive and resist society."
For decades, anthropologists and indigenous activists have wondered whether they should make contact with isolated tribes. vaccinate them against diseases that could quickly destroy isolated communities.
Since the late 1980s, the Brazilian government has sought to contact isolated tribes that it believes are in imminent danger. "The problem is that there are no empty spaces in Amazonia," said José Carlos Meirelles, a former FUNAI official who has been working with isolated tribes since 1971. "You hover over and see all this forest, but there, it's full of people – drug dealers, illegal loggers and others. "
Fiona Watson, Director of Research and Advocacy at Survival International, a group that advocates She said she hoped the new video would support efforts to protect indigenous territories.
"He looks healthy, which is very encouraging," she said. "He has survived so long in a very violent border region of the Amazon."
Budget cuts forced FUNAI to close checkpoints in remote areas and its facilities were attacked by miners and loggers. . The sole survivor's supervisor was ransacked in 2009.
Watson said that the man in the video embodied the right to self-determination to which the last isolated people in the world should be entitled.
"He is the ultimate symbol of resilience and resistance," she said. "But we are witnessing genocide in real time. Once he's gone, his people will be gone forever, with all his history and knowledge. For me, it's a huge loss, and one that can and must be stopped. "