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Brazil: Death of the Last Native of an Extinct Tribe in Amazon

Brazil – Death of the last native of an extinct tribe in the Amazon

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Brazil – Death of the last native of an extinct tribe in the Amazon. The “Indian Tanaru”, the presumed last survivor of an indigenous community decimated in the Amazon in the 1990s, was found dead on August 23.

"Brazil: Death of the last native of an extinct tribe in Amazon"
Brazil: Death of the last native of an extinct tribe in Amazon

The indigenous known as “Indian Tanaru” or “Indian of the Hole”, who lived alone and isolated for almost 30 years in Rondônia, was found dead by the National Foundation for the Indigenous (Funai) last Tuesday (23). The information was confirmed by the agency on Saturday afternoon (27).

The indigenous person’s body was found inside his hammock in his hut:

According to Funai, “the indigenous person’s body was found inside his hammock in his hut located in the Tanaru Indigenous Land”, during the monitoring and territorial surveillance round carried out by the FPE Guaporé/General Coordination of Isolated Indians and Recent Contact (CGIIRC).

In a statement, the Foundation reported that “there were no traces of the presence of people at the site, nor were any markings in the woods seen along the way.” Also, there were no signs of violence or fighting.

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The Federal Police (PF) was at the scene and carried out the investigation with the presence of specialists from the National Institute of Criminalistics (INC) of Brasília and the support of criminal experts from Vilhena (RO).

Man was the only survivor of his community, of unknown ethnicity:

The indigenous man was the only survivor of his community, of unknown ethnicity. Funai also said that it “deeply regrets the loss of the indigenous person” and that the cause of death will be confirmed by a medical examiner’s report from the Federal Police.

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According to the 2010 census, more than 800,000 people call themselves indigenous to Brazil, a huge country of 212 million people.

A man who had lived in isolation for nearly three decades in the Brazilian Amazon, the last suspected survivor of a now extinct indigenous community, has been found dead, authorities said.

Known as the “Tanaru Indian”, he was found dead on August 23 in a Tanaru indigenous mud hut, Funai, Brazil’s government agency for indigenous affairs, announced over the weekend. He was also known as “Indio do Buraco” (“Hole Indian”) for his habit of digging deep holes in the huts where he lived.

According to the NGO Survival, the indigenous land Tanaru, in the state of Rondonia, on the border with Bolivia, is a jungle island surrounded by vast cattle ranches, in one of the most dangerous regions of Brazil, mainly due to illegal mining and deforestation.

“Natural causes:

Authorities did not specify the man’s age or cause of death, but said they saw “no signs of violence or struggle”. “Everything indicates that the death was due to natural causes,” Funai said in a statement, adding that it had found no evidence that other people were at the scene.

Authorities believe the man spent 26 years alone wandering the jungle after members of his already small community slowly disappeared in the mid-1990s as loggers and ranchers took over the surrounding land.

“With his death, this is the end of the genocide of these tribal peoples,” said Fiona Watson, research director for Survival, who visited Tanaru territory in 2004. “It was true genocide, the deliberate elimination of a whole people by part of the cattle breeders. hungry for land and wealth,” he said.

According to Funai, the presence of isolated indigenous groups in Brazil, without contact with the rest of the world, has been detected in 114 different places. A balance sheet varies however according to the reports. According to the 2010 census, more than 800,000 people call themselves indigenous to Brazil, a huge country of 212 million people. More than half of them live in the Amazon and many are threatened by the large-scale illegal exploitation of the natural resources on which they depend for their survival.

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