Extremely Rare Footage Of Isolated Amazon Forest Man

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Funai has a strict policy of leaving isolated groups in the region alone, but they have monitored his activity from a distance since he was first spotted in 1996.

The "Man of the Hole" digs deep holes to trap animals and to hide in; he is thought to be the last survivor of his tribe, whose members were massacred. Aged in his 50s, he spends most of his time hunting forest pigs, birds and monkeys with a bow and arrow, reports The Guardian.

The Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front has been monitoring the man and, without ever speaking to him, has been helping to ensure that he is protected from all external threats, according to Fundação Nacional do Índio, or FUNAI, a Brazilian government agency that protects the interests and culture of natives to the country. "He's in good health and good physical shape doing all that exercise".

Funai estimates there are 113 uncontacted tribes living in the Brazilian Amazon, of which only 27 have been confirmed by authorities.

The man lives in the forests of the Tanaru indigenous reserve, which was established in 2015.

Members of the research and conservation group have been monitoring his behaviour since 1996, but he has only been seen on film once before now- in a Brazilian documentary called Corumbiara shot in 1998.

Neither his name nor the name of his former tribe is known.

Workers never let the man see them, but leave traditional weapons like axes and machetes behind for him to find.

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It believes encroachment and attacks by farmers and loggers that began in the 1980s decimated the man's tribe. "I believe he is much better off than if, way back, he had made contact".

"It is his sign of resistance and a little repudiation, hate, knowing the story he went through", Mr Algayer explained.

"This man, who is unknown to us, even after losing everything, including his people and a series of cultural practices, proved that, even like that, alone in the forest, it is possible to survive and resist joining mainstream society", Algayer said in a statement distributed by the foundation.

"Funai has a duty to show that he is well and alive", she said. The crucial thing is Funai has managed to keep his territory'.

It's for this reason he gained the nickname "The Man of the Hole". He is the ultimate symbol, if you like'.

"He is very well, hunting, maintaining some plantations of papaya, corn". Others, including some living on the Amazon's western fringes, plant bananas, corn, potato and other crops. Many indigenous people were killed or kicked off their land in the 1970s and 80s.

"The irony is we are finding out there are more of these isolated people than we thought".

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