The Last of the Tribe by Monte Reel
The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon

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Throughout the centuries, the Amazon has yielded many of its secrets, but it still holds a few great mysteries. In 1996 experts got their first glimpse of one: a lone Indian, a tribe of one, hidden in the forests of southwestern Brazil. Previously uncontacted tribes are extremely rare, but a one-man tribe was unprecedented. And like all of the isolated tribes in the Amazonian frontier, he was in danger.

Resentment of Indians can run high among settlers, and the consequences can be fatal. The discovery of the Indian prevented local ranchers from seizing his land, and led a small group of men who believed that he was the last of a murdered tribe to dedicate themselves to protecting him. These men worked for the government, overseeing indigenous interests in an odd job that was part Indiana Jones, part social worker, and were among the most experienced adventurers in the Amazon. They were a motley crew that included a rebel who spent more than a decade living with a tribe, a young man who left home to work in the forest at age fourteen, and an old-school sertanista with a collection of tall tales amassed over five decades of jungle exploration.

Their quest would prove far more difficult than any of them could imagine. Over the course of a decade, the struggle to save the Indian and his land would pit them against businessmen, politicians, and even the Indian himself, a man resolved to keep the outside world at bay at any cost. It would take them into the furthest reaches of the forest and to the halls of Brazil’s Congress, threatening their jobs and even their lives. Ensuring the future of the Indian and his land would lead straight to the heart of the conflict over the Amazon itself.

A heart-pounding modern-day adventure set in one of the world’s last truly wild places, The Last of the Tribe is a riveting, brilliantly told tale of encountering the unknown and the unfathomable, and the value of preserving it.
 

About Monte Reel

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A former reporter for The Washington Post, Reel is the author of the critically acclaimed The Last of the Tribe.
 
Published May 24, 2010 by Scribner. 288 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Washington Post South America correspondent Reel delivers a moving, well-constructed account of a latter-day Ishi in the embattled Amazonian rainforest.

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In 1996, government Indian agents began to investigate rumors of a single Indian living in an area of the Amazon Basin recently opened to development.

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The Washington Post

As Monte Reel notes in his gripping new book, "The Last of the Tribe," this "spectral wild man" was one of the few modern examples of a human being "existing within a vacuum of complete solitude, day after day, week after week, year after year, without the companionship of another soul, without a...

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Huffington Post

"The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon" (Scribner, $26), by Monte Reel: Monte Reel gets right to the heart of the dilemma facing modern-day Brazil as its rush to develop the vast Amazon rain forest rapidly collides with the last vestiges of cultures whose way of l...

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St. Louis Today

The pregame festivities, the commercials, the halftime show, the odd blackout, the game … Flacco again is nearly flawless in victory.

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