Remarkable images have been published of an unindigenous native man who has lived alone in an Amazonian forest for at least 22 years.
Semi-naked and vigorously swinging an ax while he is shooting down a tree, the man, who would be in his fifties, has never been filmed as clearly before and appears to be in excellent condition.
"It's going very well," said Altair Algayer, regional coordinator of the Brazilian government's indigenous Funai agency in the Amazonian state of Rondônia, who was with a team that filmed the footage remotely "He has good health and a good physical shape by doing all these exercises."
Known as "the native man in the hole", he is considered the sole survivor of an isolated tribe He hunts forest pigs, birds and monkeys with a bow and arrows and traps in hidden holes filled with sharpened woods He and his group were known to have dug holes and his hammock was hanging at home
Lumberjacks, farmers and land grabbers murdered and expelled indigenous people to the area in the 1970s and 1980s, and it is believed that the only survivor of a group of six people killed at the time A farmer attack s in 1995. It was located in 1996 and has since been followed by Funai. A glimpse of his face filmed in 1998 was shown in the Brazilian documentary Corumbiara.
Funai's policy is to avoid contact with isolated groups and to protect its area since the 1990s. The Tanaru Native Reserve was legally established in 2015. The axes, machetes and seeds traditionally planted by natives have been left to the man, said Mr. Algayer, but he clearly wants nothing to do with the dominant society.
I understand his decision, "said Mr. Algayer." It's his sign of resistance, and a bit of repudiation, hate, knowing the story that he's gone through. "
Fiona Watson, director of research and defense at Survival International, a non-profit group the images are "extraordinary" given that the 8,070 hectares of protected forest in which humans live are completely surrounded by ranches and farms.
"Funai has a duty to show that he is alive," she said. "The crucial thing is that Funai has managed to keep its territory."  Survivors of other indigenous groups in the area described how farmers fired on their backs when they fled raids on their villages, and in 2005 she joined a Funai mission on the reserve and saw holes dug by the man around his territory, his house and his plantations – although & # 39; she did not see the man himself.
"The fact that he's still alive I hope," she said. "It's the ultimate symbol, if you will."
Funai specialists believe that There are 113 isolated tribes living in the Brazilian Amazon – of which 27 groups have been confirmed – and one tribe living outside, and there are also 15 isolated Indians in Peru, said Watson, and Others in Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.The tribes hunt with torches and bows and arrows and while their languages belong to linguistic groups, or 'trunks', they can also differ wildly from each other – Guardian