Imagine being the last person on earth. No friends, no family, no human connection. Imagine your community wiped out. A life of relentless solitude. Well, that’s the stark reality for one indigenous man who has been living alone and in isolation deep within the Amazon rainforest for more than two decades. And while not much is known about the tribesman, a recently released video has given the world a fleeting glimpse of his daily existence.
Sprawled across nine national territories, the Amazon rainforest in South America represents one of the world’s largest wilderness areas. In fact, it covers 2.1 million square miles – an area larger than most countries. But the forest is not merely vast; it’s dense with vegetation too. Indeed, its storied canopies are so thick in places that it can take ten minutes for rainwater to pass through the greenery and reach the ground.
Seemingly impenetrable, the rainforest actually supported up to nine million indigenous people at the time of the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. Today, however, estimates suggest that only around 250,000 natives remain. And incredibly, these peoples include up to 50 tribes who haven’t ever had any contact with the outside world. Tragically, though, there are still violent clashes over Amazonian lands. Indeed, land disputes within the forest reportedly led to the deaths of 71 people in 2017 alone.