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The Last Member Of A Brazilian Indigenous Community Has Died
A tribesman nicknamed “Man of the Hole,” the final member of an indigenous community in Brazil, died. Funai, an indigenous protection agency, made the announcement.
CNN reports “authorities monitored the man from afar and occasionally left out supplies.”
But he had no interest in connecting with the outside world. He called the Amazon home for nearly 30 years, and his distrust made sense since every other member of his tribe perished. Moreover, since he lived in the rainforest for so long, he might not have had the immunity to withstand illness.
It brings to mind the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island, who have been living outside of Indian society for more than 60,000 years. India bans people from visiting because the tribespeople has no immunity. The Sentinelese are aware of this, and “greet” any outsider who gets too close with arrows and stones.
The Man of The Hole earned his name because of his penchant for digging holes to hide in and to catch animals. He also “planted crops including corn and papaya, and made houses of straw and thatch.”
On August 23, officials found his body in a hut, and they took it in for examination.
Survival International consider the man’s death the last blow in a genocide that stretches back to the 1970s.
“No outsider knew this man’s name, or even very much about his tribe,” said Fiona Watson, the research and advocacy director for the organization. “And with his death the genocide of his people is complete. This was indeed a genocide — the deliberate wiping out of an entire people by cattle ranchers hungry for land and wealth.”
The Man of the Hole last appeared in a video released by Funai in 2018. He was “hacking at a tree with an ax-like tool.”