A lone tribesman died upon burrowing deep into the Amazon after his whole group was poisoned by invaders. The guy, known as the Man of the Hole, lived alone in the Amazon rainforest’s Tanaru indigenous territory in Brazil’s Rondonia state. The hermit, who avoided interaction with people on several occasions, was given the nickname Funai by local campaigners for his unusual hunting tactics.
Funai first observed the Man of the Hole in 1996, laying traps for his prey in deep trenches he excavated into the first level, according to media sources. Attempts to contact him, whether through direct contact or by sending food boxes for him, were always turned down by the final tribal member. The remainder of his tribe is supposed to have died in the 1980s as a result of land seizures and cattle ranchers.
On August 23, his corpse was discovered in a hammock inside a cabin. He knew he was destined to die because he was carrying an ornate macaw feather, which is part of his tribe’s dying ceremony.
The name of his tribe or the language he spoke was never discovered. There were no traces of struggle or violence, and no one else was suspected of being involved in his death.
Local police will conduct a forensic examination of the body, although it is assumed that he died of natural causes. “No outsider knew this man’s name or even anything about his tribe — and with his death, the annihilation of his people is complete,” Survival International’s Fiona Watson said.
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