posted on Jun, 23 2011 @ 03:43 AM
I saw this clip about a year or so ago in a documentary series by Jean Pierre Dutilleux called "Tribal Journeys: First Contact". The tribe these
people belong to are called the Toulambi, who were actually first contacted in 1993 (except for some isolated families).
It is highly unlikely that the footage was from 1976. It seems that was rather the time when Dutilleux began his career as an anthropological
"activist" with tribes in the Amazon, and he claims to have documented over 50 others.
Some see his activities as exploitative and potentially destructive, but he claims he brings medicine and brings a better contact than frontier
society might offer.
Others might consider him a self-serving and careless fool, who says hi and bye to tribal peoples for his lucrative film and photo collections.
He was however highlighted in the 1980's, when he claimed to save Amazonian tribal lands with pop musician Sting. He photographed Sting as a
proto-Bono in the Amazon, and their 60-day global tour with Kayapo chief Roani.
Whether deserved or not, he takes some credit for the eventual Kayapo reservation.
Since one only has Ditelleux's own biography to go by, and one hits a dead end with other searches, clear dating and facts are difficult to
The footage stems from after 1993, and was probably shot towards the early 2000's.
This is what it says on his website, in a very contradictory narrative:
For centuries the hill tribes of the Owen Ranmge in Papua, New Guinea have lived in isolation to avoid war. In a landscape of dense tropical
rainforests each tribe stays within a well established territory. This explains why some of them have survived into the new millennium without any
contact with the outside world.
Others previously known have left their villages to move deeper in the forest to escape conflicts or the religious zeal of evangelical preachers only
to be rediscovered and labeled as lost tribes. European explorers first encountered the Toulambi in 1993.
They were almost entirely decimated by malaria. Modern medicine helped to stop the ravages of the disease. They didn't believe white men existed but
if they did, they must be the 'living dead.'
Taking a lot of care with their appearance, the Toulambi men wear a bird from the Cassowary bird through the nose, large necklaces of river shells and
bird of paradise feathers in their hair. They must look their best to attract a mate and reproduce. They are hunters and gatherers. The entire tribe
moves in uncanny silence for fear of alerting the game. They know the migration trails of animals and the best time of year to find fish, the growing
cycles of the palms, bamboo, wild fruits and the roots they rely on. Always on the move. The rhythm of their lives is that of the jungle. It gives
them no time to create complex art, to develop science or conceive profound metaphysical philosophies.
edit on 23-6-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)