Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tribe Meets White Man for First Time...Original Footage From 1976... Charming

The Toulambi (filmed in 1976)
The footage has been edited and shortened from long version
A tribe in Papua New Guinea meets  a white man for the first time. They have never seen modern civilization, or any modern technology.
 In 1976 the team of Jean-Pierre Dutilleaux explorer and ethnographer had the privilege of contacting
the Toulambis a tribe that had never seen a white man, or had been involved with the outside world.
Jean-Pierre was born in Malmedy, Belgium is director, anthropologist, explorer and defender of Aboriginal rights.

In 1973 he made his first contact with the hostile tribe Txuccaramaes (those who hit with stick strokes) of the Kayapo, the savage heart of Matto Grosso. There, he almost lost his life in the hands of the tribe; the chief, Raoni, saved his life .
Since that time, Jean Pierre dedicated his career to saving the territory of this tribe, making a world tour with the chief Raoni where they were received  by leaders, royalty and Pope John Paul II.
Raoni's message was "My name is Raoni, I am the chief of the Kayapo. People are destroying the forest, are wiping out wildlife, fatally wounding my people, killing the Earth. Help me, before it is too late! "
Dutellieux visited the most remote places in search of primitive tribes, such as the Toulambis living in the Stone Age and being decimated by logging of their forests, and diseases like malaria.

The footage is moving and poetic and appears to be authentic. More information about Dutilleux's films can be found on his website.

His film was first aired on French TV in the mid1990's. Perhaps because it has not been widely shown to English-speaking audiences, it has aroused keen interest and many favourable comments since its recent Youtube posting.

This controversial film also has been the subject of much scholarly debate in the Francophone world.
There have been claims that it was faked. Judge it for yourself.

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