Sad story of the 'man of the hole' who chose to remain isolated in the Amazon jungle until his death
| Last updated
Featured Image Credit: Funai
The world is a vast and wonderful place with many areas totally untouched by what we know as modern civilization.
However, the last member of the tribe, known as the 'man of the hole' made the heartbreaking choice to carry on remaining isolated in the rainforest, living alone for over two decades before eventually passing away in the place he called home. Check out old footage of the man here:
The 50-something unidentified man, who has also been dubbed the 'world's loneliest man' managed to survive in the jungle for more than 20 years all on his own - regularly taking shelter in pits he'd dug in the ground and using others as traps for animals.
Numerous attempts to establish contact were made but he rebuffed them all, setting traps around his home and firing arrows at anyone who got too close.
The man was officially classed as uncontacted which effectively means that no outsider has ever spoken to him (as far as it is known).
His tribe, which has since never been named, was believed to be the victims of an attack by farmers back in 1995.
The man, who went on to live alone for two decades in the Tanaru Indigenous Territory in the Amazon, was said to be the sole survivor.
Attempts to contact the man made it clear he didn't want to be bothered, so experts kept their distance to monitor his progress, occasionally leaving him tools and seeds to help him survive.
Those tasked with monitoring his wellbeing found his body lying in a hammock back in 2022.
Brightly coloured feathers placed around it lead experts to believe the man knew he was going to die.
Indigenous expert Marcelo dos Santos said: "He was waiting for death, there were no signs of violence."
Fiona Watson, research and advocacy director of Survival International, visited the area back in 2004 and helped with efforts to protect the man's land and safety.
Of his death she said: "No outsider knew this man’s name, or even very much about his tribe - and with his death the genocide of his people is complete.
"For this was indeed a genocide – the deliberate wiping out of an entire people by cattle ranchers hungry for land and wealth. "He symbolised both the appalling violence and cruelty inflicted on Indigenous peoples worldwide in the name of colonisation and profit, but also their resistance.
"We can only imagine what horrors he had witnessed in his life, and the loneliness of his existence after the rest of his tribe were killed, but he determinedly resisted all attempts at contact, and made clear he just wanted to be left alone."
"In a way we don't need to know anything about him," Watson added. "But he is a symbol of what we are losing - this tremendous human diversity."
With the 'man of the hole's' death and nobody else in his tribe to carry on, it marks yet another tribe and culture which have now been lost forever.