Reporting from ABC News, Friday (20/7/2018), the man’s activities are captured by a camera which later video was released by the Government of Brazil.
The video taken from a distance shows a picture of a man chopping a tree with an ax in Tanaru, a hinterland surrounded by private plantations and deforestation in the state of Rondonia.
According to Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI), the Brazilian government agency protecting indigenous people, Guaporé Ethno-Environmental Protection Front, has monitored the man without ever speaking to him.
However, the agency made sure the man believed to be in his 50s was protected from external threats, by preventing anyone from entering in order to harm him.
FUNAI regional coordinator, Altair Algayer, said the man was very good in terms of hunting and caring for papaya and maize. “He has good health and good physical shape for doing all those things,” he said, as quoted by Newsweek.
Based on data from FUNAI, the rampant illegal logging and clearing of land for plantations in Rondonia resulted in attacks on the inland population in the 1980s.
The man who recorded the video was allegedly the only survivor of the last tribal group of six. However, they were attacked in 1995 with only one person left. So far, the tribe has not been given a name and the language used is also unknown.
FUNAI has been monitoring the man since 1996 with his last contact effort with him in 2005, but to no avail. The BBC reports, the Brazilian constitution says indigenous peoples have land rights.
“They must continue to prove the existence of this person,” said Fiona Watson, Director of Research and Advocacy Survival International.
Watson suspects there is political motivation behind the release of the video.
“Congress is dominated by agribusiness entrepreneurs, while Funai has slashed its budget and there has been a major attack on the rights of indigenous people in the country,” he said.
According to Survival International, the Amazonian forests in Brazil are home to uncharted tribes. Contact with the outside world will risk death for the inland tribes.
Low immunity makes them vulnerable to contracting diseases, such as flu, measles, or other. “He is a symbol of what is missing from us, that is the extraordinary human diversity,” Watson said.