reply to post by ladyinwaiting
Well, I recall seeing the whole episode, and they traveled in the forest with them for a while.
I don't think they just dumped anything.
What I do know is that Dutilleux made money and a living out of the encounter, and the tribe made nothing as far as I know.
Now try doing that to Paris Hilton, or the Kardashians.
Shooting images is shooting a commodity; compared to taking trophies since colonial times.
Ironically I think he even mentioned in the program that they are below third-world poverty levels.
As for pleasure: it's a one way pleasure from what we know.
The tribe doesn't really look particularly ecstatic.
The white guy had a choice in traveling to find his pleasure (and business), the tribe had little choice in the matter.
But still, maybe it's not all bad.
Soon (or maybe even now) their kids will have pretty pictures to look at of how they used to dress and live.
Considering that the main tribe already fled into the forest after the initial contact in 1993, I guess the flood of tourists and missionaries is just
what they needed.
Soon Mark and Olly might be around to snicker at their food, and crap in their forest.
But, realistically, their isolation would not have lasted forever, and they already knew of outsiders, they just had not seen a white man.
I think contact is a risk one must take, since it's the only way to put their land-claims on the map.
And I trust that Dutilleux is not just image, but also a bit of a true activist, and when the mines, the loggers and towns come we can remember that
footage and fight for them.
But there are so many other forest hunter-gatherers that we do know about, like the Penan, and film-makers could not help them.
Well, malaria (I have a feeling it was other diseases lumped under malaria) already almost killed the Toulambi once after 1993, and if they are
swamped it will probably destroy them all now.
PS. Have you read my last post to the OP, are you sure that was entirely pessimistic?
Well, let me turn that around and ask: How realistic is all this naive amazement?
Although the footage is exceptional, not even Dutilleux presented it with emotive music, and he had grave reservations in his narrative about his
actions. I actually wish somebody could post that original episode of Tribal Journeys, because it would change the whole debate.
23-6-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)