The Matis are classic slash and burn agriculturalists and expert hunters. They live in the vast Vale do Javari Indigenous Park, an area of 32,000 sq miles (the size of Austria) in the far west of Brazil. Despite all that’s happened to them since first contact in the mid-1970s, the Matis remain a vibrant cultural force.
The Matis are commonly named as the Jaguar people. They live in two separate villages with total population of roughly 290. They live in the far west of Brazil, in the Vale do Javari Indigenous Territory, an area covering 83,000 square kilometres ( 32,000 sq mi).
The electric eel shows up again in a much less hot and dusty part of South America in Season 6 where Jeremy investigates how the Matis Tribe can touch electric eels without getting shocked. However the tribe was able to hold it with bare hands, much to the astonishment of Jeremy.
Mantis have enormous appetites, eating various aphids, leafhoppers, mosquitoes, caterpillars and other soft-bodied insects when young. Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects. These ferocious-looking praying mantises actually make great pets.
In French, the word métis is an adjective referring to someone of mixed ancestry. Since the 18th century, the word has been used to describe individuals with mixed Indigenous and European ancestry. But it’s generally recognized that being Métis is more than having mixed Indigenous and European heritage.
The Matis are classic slash and burn agriculturalists and expert hunters. They live in the vast Vale do Javari Indigenous Park, an area of 32,000 sq miles (the size of Austria ) in the far west of Brazil.
Uncontacted peoples are communities or groups of indigenous peoples living without sustained contact to neighbouring communities and the world community, and includes “indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation”.
A full-grown electric eel can generate about 600 volts of electricity. Although there are few documented instances of people dying from an electric eel’s shock, it could happen. A single jolt could incapacitate a person long enough to cause him or her to drown, even in shallow water.
The females release their eggs, the males fertilise them, and the adults die after spawning. The eggs hatch into larvae that float to the surface and drift back towards New Zealand. They may take about 17 months to arrive. Over a decade (or more) later, adult eels head out to sea to spawn, and the cycle continues.
Electric eels do endanger themselves by generating electricity. They frequently shock themselves. They electrocute other nearby electric eels, not in a fight but by accident. They reduce the danger to themselves by flexing their bodies in a shape that prevents the electric current from passing through their heart.
Mantises are an order (Mantodea) of insects that contains over 2,400 species in about 430 genera in 30 families. The largest family is the Mantidae (“mantids”). Mantises are distributed worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. They have triangular heads with bulging eyes supported on flexible necks.
Since leaving the BBC in 2012, Parry has continued to travel and make his own documentaries, focusing on indigenous rights and the environment. “I’ve used everything from a scooter to a balloon,” he says.