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Remote tribe contacts

  • Efé (Mbuti) pygmies, Ituri, DR Congo, which feature in the Congo Kitabu story
  • The Twa pygmies of the Great Lakes, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, which feature in the Congo Kitabu story
  • The Aka (Babenzele) pygmies, Congo / Central African Republic
  • San Bushmen -- Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, South Africa)
  • Bitter Roots: The Ends of a Kalahari Myth YouTube Preview
  • A Kalahari Family
  • N!ai, The Story of a !Kung Woman
  • Semang, Malaysia -- genetically related to the Andaman peoples and the Aeta (Agtas) of the Philippines
  • Batak, Palawan, Philippines -- genetically related to the Andamanese, Semang, and Aeta (Agtas)
  • Goroka -- Eastern highlands, Papua New Guinea
  • Sing sing dance at Tari show: YouTube: Sing-sing dance
  • Port Moresby Cultural Show: YouTube: 1983

Ethics of contacting remote tribes

Tribe (Going Tribal) television series

Tribe is a television series on the BBC (Going Tribal on the Discovery Channel) from 2005-2007 presented by adventurer Bruce Parry (a close friend of Mark Anstice of "Mark and Olly").

  • Season 1 Episode 1: Adi (Lost Tribe) -- northeastern India
  • Season 1 Episode 2: Suri/Surma (Dangerous Game) -- Ethiopia
  • Season 1 Episode 3: Kombai (Living with Cannibals) -- Papua New Guinea
  • Season 1 Episode 4: Babongo (African Vision Quest) -- Gabon, Africa (with a jungle pygmy-esque heritage and lifestyle)
  • Season 1 Episode 5: Darhad (Horse Masters of Mongolia) -- Mongolia
  • Season 1 Episode 6: Sanema/Sanumá/Yanomami (Waking the Spirits) -- Brazilian Amazon
  • Season 2 Episode 1: Nyangatom/Bumé (Return to Africa) -- Ethiopia
  • Season 2 Episode 2: Hamar/Hamer (Rites of Passage) -- Ethiopia
  • Season 2 Episode 3: Dassanech/Daasanach (Crocodile Hunting) -- Ethiopia
  • Season 3 Episode 1: Matis (Hunting with the Jaguar Tribe) -- Brazilian Amazon
  • Season 3 Episode 2: Nenets (Nomads of the Siberian Tundra) -- Russia
  • Season 3 Episode 3: Anuta (Lost Island) -- Solomon Islands, Polynesian South Pacific
  • Season 3 Episode 4: Akie (Life in the African Bush) -- Tanzania, Africa
  • Season 3 Episode 5: Layap (Journey to the Clouds) -- Bhutan, Asia
  • Season 3 Episode 6: Penan (Ghosts of the Forest) -- Sarawak and Brunei, Borneo

Living with the Tribes

  • Mark and Olly: Living with the Tribes is a television series that aired on the BBC and the Travel Channel from 2007-2009, with adventurers Oliver Steeds and Mark Anstice (a close friend of Bruce Parry).
  • Season 1: Living with the Kombai (West Papua New Guinea)
  • Season 2: Living with the Mek (Papua New Guinea)
  • Season 3: Living with the Machigenga (Peruvian Amazon)

First Contact

  • First Contact is a film aired in 2006 on BBC (as part of its Anthropology series) in which a tour operator takes several tourists (including filmmaker Mark Anstice) on a "First Contact" experience in the West Papua region of the island of New Guinea, exploring the ethics of such tours. Also see this review.
  • YouTube:

Cannibals and Crampons

  • Cannibals and Crampons is a 2002 film by Mark Anstice and Bruce Parry about extreme filmmaking, surrounding their first trip through Korowai jungle territory in order to climb a peak in remote Papua New Guinea.

Tribal Odyssey (National Geographic)

Tribal Odyssey (Odisseia Tribal) is a series by National Geographic whose original 14 episodes aired in 2004-2005. Some of the episodes are available here on YouTube.

Tribal Journeys

Tribal Journeys is a 13-part 1976 television series by Belgian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dutilleux. (see this review)

  • The Mursi (Where Beauty Comes from the Heart) -- Omo Valley, Ethiopia, Africa
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 5
  • The Mikea (The Gentle People) -- Madagascar
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 4
  • The Masuane / Alfur (Last Hunter Gatherers in the Spice Islands) -- Seram, Indonesia
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 3
  • The Toulambis (First Contact) / Angu/Kukukuku Parts 1 and 2 -- Papua New Guinea
  • The Korowai (the Last Cannibals) -- West Papua, Western New Guinea
  • The Asmat (The Fine Arts of War) -- West Papua, Western New Guinea
  • The Una (The Last Stone Axe Makers) / mountain Tolai / Kuanua -- East New Britain, Papua New Guinea
  • The Agtas/Aeta (At the Edge of the World) -- Luzon, Philippines
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 2
  • The Awa Guajas (People Beyond Time) -- Brazilian Amazon
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 6
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 7
  • The Txucarammae / Kayapo (Raoni, Keeper of the Rainforest) -- Brazilian Amazon
  • YouTube: 1 | Documentary Storm: 8
  • Raoni is the Academy-Award nominated 1978 French documentary about Raoni and the Kayapo.

Tribal Encounter

Tribal Encounter is a Discovery Networks Europe production starring Justin Hall Runningman about Suriname.

  • Voice of the Tirio -- Suriname Amazon
  • YouTube: 1 2 3
  • Akurio -- largely merged with the Tirio, Suriname Amazon
  • YouTube: 1

The Tribe That Hides from Man

The Tribe That Hides from Man is a British 1970 documentary by Adrian Cowell.

  • The Xingu people of the Brazilian Amazon.
  • You Tube: 1 2

Out of Africa

  • Out of Africa -- Nyangatom (Omo River Valley, Ethiopia, Africa); San (Namibia);
  • YouTube: 1
  • Asia
  • YouTube: 2
  • Europe
  • YouTube: 3
  • Australia
  • YouTube: 4
  • The Americas
  • Youtube: 5
  • The Story of India is a 6-part 2009 BBC television series hosted by Michael Woods. It includes a segment about the Tamil Nadu who still have the genetic imprint of the first migration out "Out of Africa" and about Brahmin chants that go back to the beginnings of earliest human speech (see this episode). It also discusses the Bactrian-Margiana Archaeological complex discovered in Turkmenistan by Soviet archaeologist Viktor Sarianidi that may be the evidence for the peri-Caspian culture that lived for millenia following the second migration Out of Africa before spreading to northern India (the Harappan culture), Mongolia, and eastern Europe.
  • Story of India -- Beginnings
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