After years of avoiding contact with the outside world, an indigenous man known only as “The Man of the Hole” has died, according to Brazil’s government agency the National Indian Foundation. This man was the sole inhabitant of the Tanaru indigenous region in the western Amazon.
The agency first confirmed the native’s death on Saturday. In a note written in Portuguese, the agency said he had lived in isolation for at least 26 years and Only alive in his society. His ethnicity, he said, was not known.
Agency officials found his body in a hammock in his hut during a round of monitoring and regional surveillance on August 23, they said, adding that there were no signs of other people, violence or struggle. He is believed to have died of natural causes and the medical examiner will confirm the cause of death.
In his house, Hut No. 53, the furniture and utensils are still in their proper place.
According to the indigenous rights organization Survival International, “The Man of the Hole” was one of them A few survivors A series of attacks on his gang began in the 1970s. Since those attacks, he has refused contact with outsiders and was named after he was famous for creating a deep hole in Tanaru.
“He suffered horrific violence in which everyone close to him was killed,” Survival International tweeted. “…now he is dead, and the slaughter of his people is complete.”
His region, the agency said, is “a small island in a sea of jungle with vast cattle ranches,” one of Brazil’s most violent regions.
“No outsider knew much about this man’s name or his gang – and his death completes the genocide of his people,” Fiona Watson, director of research and advocacy at Survival International, said in a statement. “Because it was truly genocide – the deliberate extermination of entire peoples by herdsmen hungry for land and wealth.”
She added that the indigenous man “symbolized both the horrific violence and brutality inflicted on indigenous peoples around the world in the name of colonization and profit.” But it is also a symbol of tribal resistance, she said.
“We can only imagine the horrors he must have seen in his life and the loneliness of his existence after the other members of his tribe were killed, but he resolutely resisted all attempts at contact and explained that he simply wanted to be alone.”
After the man’s death, a Brazilian indigenous rights advocacy organization called for the local land to be closed until experts can conduct archaeological and anthropological studies on the area.
He has also made such a request Land should be preserved “To remind everyone of the tragedy of indigenous genocide – so that it never happens again.”
by the Brazilian government come under fire Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch said President Jair Bolsonaro had “undermined government agencies responsible for protecting indigenous rights” over his treatment of indigenous peoples. The international body also said Bolsonaro’s administration has weakened environmental protections, making local regions more vulnerable.