reply to post by SaturnFX
This tiny group, from a wider tribe, went to see what was happening on their territory.
It's not the same as going to somebody else's land out of curiosity - it's defending what is your home.
New Guinea doesn't have a large white population.
Most of the colonialism takes place internally, by essentially black New Guineans, most of whom are long "civilized".
So they had heard of white people, and they were obviously contacted by the guides from their neighbors, who told them no harm was intended (I think
that was actually shown in the original film).
But still, it was already on their doorstep.
It is easy to say that they could have fled into the forest.
But the forest is limited, and not all of it provides food, so they have to protect their territory.
Tribal poverty levels are important, because these groups are surrounded by cash economies, and the forest will not protect them forever.
Whether the contact was in 1976 or after 1993, I doubt they still dress or live entirely as they did when this footage was shot.
Many such tribes reside outside influence for as long as possible, and then split between traditionalists and modernists.
But ultimately they will settle in towns and take on farming or become migrant labor, just like all the other tribes have done.
But some groups that have been contacted and then flee from it can be amazingly resistant.
Take the Hourani (Auca) in the Amazonian Oriente.
Most of the tribe has been contacted by US missionaries, but one group continues to reject all contact, and they are not afraid to kill intruders.
And good for them.
They call them "uncontacted", but they know of the outside world, they just refuse to engage with it.
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