How did Connelly manage to survive in the jungle despite its dangers? According to his report, he came across members of a tribe armed with blowpipes after wandering for a long time. He'd read in Father Velasquez's book that even if strangers were white, Indians would never kill crazy people! As a result, Connely screamed, shrugged, and played his flute when he saw them for the first time (you may have heard of this "flute" legend). He seemed to be so delusional that the indigenous peoples took him in and adopted him. His new hosts told him that a neighbouring tribe, though very far away from their village, lived on land that concealed these green gems, which, however, piqued no one's interest. When Connelly arrived at this new destination, he "introduced" himself in the same way he had done before and was once again rescued by this new tribe.
He chose a new tribe companion and began hunting with him. During one of these hunting excursions, he discovered a vein of magnificent emeralds. Connelly picked up some stones of a vivid green he'd never seen before and placed them in the small pouch that Indians use to transport their hunted food. They returned to the village two days later with two hundred pounds of tapir. But Connelly had to return his valuables to the closest city and t o secure his new fortune, he had to convert some of it into cash and return with mules and appropriate equipment.
Connelly was surrounded getting close to Quito by an army of treasure hunters and adventure seekers who had all heard his story and wanted to accompany him when he returned to the mine. Connelly and his group of travelers set out from Quito, Ecuador, with six mules equipped with food and ammo for several months. They arrived in Puerto Najo ten days later, where they took a brief break before continuing on their journey. Years passed, and no one saw Stewart Connelly or his associates again. Their fate remains one of the Amazon's mysteries, as the savage Indians continue to menace foreigners who wish to enter their land.