A viral video claims to show evidence of a legendary and ancient tribe of people on the Indonesian island of Aceh, the suku mante (or Orang Mante). The video has been viewed nearly 7 million times. It’s really awful, as these things almost always are. But people really believe this stuff.
Here it is, in all its glorious vagueness.
The copyright belongs to Fredo Pastrona who runs the video company Fredography. He features Enduro motocross in natural settings. He is truly enjoying the publicity as he links to every media site that features his video. The video itself, however, is incredibly suspicious. It is not clear and shows distortion so that we don’t get a good view of the human-like subject running away. Also, as with various Bigfoot fakes, the subject is too compliant, waiting to appear at just the right time (which makes no sense) and then conveniently stays in frame just long enough before magically disappearing. Many have remarked about the pale buttock area which suggests clothing was a usual custom.
The video exploits the idea that an indigenous tribe of diminutive humans still lives in the Aceh forests and shuns contact with modern civilization. I can’t read Indonesian and translations are not altogether helpful. But the idea seemed to be bolstered by the finding of fossil Homo Florensiensis on another Indonesian island, Flores. The population has been called the “Hobbit” because of its short stature and may have died out only 12,000 years ago. Or less, some wish to think.
Some Bigfooters have suggested it was the fabled Orang Pendek (Sumatra) but Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Bigfoot researcher, does not agree. Orang Pendek is clearly described as not naked but covered in hair.
Regardless, if the little man in this video wished to avoid civilization, he did a poor job. He didn’t see or hear the loud and smelly motorbikes approaching? Weird. Mostly, the video quality and detail suggests this is a manufactured hoax. Fredography (Copyright) avoided providing information about the location as well. Dude, you lost all credibility, there. Hope you enjoy your few days in the spotlight. I wouldn’t recommend you for a job but some gullible rubes will, I’m sure.
For those of you tuning in who may think this is legit, this is not credible evidence of anything. I’ve passed on the link to Captain Disillusion for advice. I’ll let you know if he will even waste his valuable time with this bit.