Observing the Houses and the Environment of the Last Members of Amazon’s Isolated Tribes

Observing the Houses and the Environment of the Last Members of Amazon's Isolated TribesLast month, a recording released by FUNAI, the Brazilian government agency tasked with protecting the rights, customs and life of indigenous peoples in Brazil, shows the last member of an isolated tribe in the Amazon.

The video shows a man about 50 years old cutting trees with an ax-like tool.

Since 1996 until now, this man is under FUNAI’s supervision, and the distribution area is designated as a simple protected area even though this man is not completely safe.

This is because in 2009, he was once the target of an armed person who was thought to be employed by the ranchers around to seize his land.

According to FUNAI, members of the tribe, dubbed the “hole-making man”, live alone in Rondônia, a region west of Brazil. This man refused to make contact with the outside world. Nobody knows his name, the language used, or the origin of his tribe.

Reporting from Iflscience, FUNAI is currently releasing several photos and videos about the house and the circumstances surrounding its residence. Maloca, the name for his house, made of straw.

Through observing the environment around his house, it is known that the man who made this hole survived by making corn, cassava, papaya, paw paw, and bananas.


Inside the house, he kept arrows for hunting and torches that were fueled by tree sap.

Secretly, FUNAI also often deliberately provides several types of traditional weapons such as axes or machetes.
Regarding his nickname, the hole maker, this man often makes holes as deep as 2 meters in both the Maloca, and around him.

Holes inside the house are used to hide from intruders who enter the area, while holes that are outside are used to trap or catch game.

Man hole makers can spend most of the day hunting animals such as wild boar, monkeys, and birds using arrows.

Of the approximately 150 million ethnic groups in the world, Brazil has 60 percent of that amount. Many tribal members like these hole-making men are threatened by their existence due to industrial expansion, such as livestock and urbanization.