Living with the Kombai Tribe
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Includes: Finding the Kombai Tribe, Living Off the Land, Home Sweet Home, Justice System, Giving Back, Sago Grub Festival Bonus Feature: The Best of Living with the Kombai
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But after I moved here I met some people that work with the Kombai and they told me about how the show was made. There was about a 30 man crew that was in the village for 3 months. They paid a lot of money to some of the people and that has had some negative affects on the isolated village economy. They requested for the people to act "native" to fit there plot. It is filmed to make you believe that its just these two guys trying to adapt but in reality the whole thing is staged. I understand that you need to have an interesting story to sell t.v. shows but it seems to me that they have exploited these people by misrepresenting them. And as they do it they preach an anti christian world view that shows the village with the airstrip like it has been defiled by outside christian influences. Its a common enough them in most of the BBC and Discovery channel shows. If you watch it just keep in mind the world view of those that made it. Its extremely biased toward there views.
I am buying the DVD on amazon because I want to give it to my friend who works with the Kombai so that the Kombai people can watch it themselves. I am interested to hear their response.
You'll find yourself falling in love with the people and their ways. My favorite is Genari, the old man who killed before!
This is where we all came from. It's amazing they still exist to this day. I hope they never go away.
Do yourself a favor and try to watch ALL these videos. You'll get sucked in within the first episode.
The only negative I have about this is I wish this was in Hi Def and I wish I could ask these guys questions. Oh, and I'd LOVE to see deleted scenes. I'm sure they have MONTHS of footage that was pulled from the final edit.
It can be difficult to see women treated like objects and after watching the episode dealing with an abused woman I had to remind myself that this is their standards and way of life for thousands of years. Otherwise, I enjoyed viewing the dynamics of gender, the women tended to shoulder the bulk of the work while the men were decision makers and hunters. I appreciated both Olly and Mark's respect toward the tribe and stepping in when it was necessary, such as flying out a woman that was stabbed by her husband for medical attention.
It was quite eye-opening to see the effects of colonialism when they visited another tribe that wore regular clothes and believed in the Bible. They seemed more distant and less warm. It's amusing to see that pigs are valuable and are often exchanged as currency. All in all, this is an educational and entertaining series, but I preferred Mark and Olly's Living with the Mek Tribe which focuses on another tribe in West Papua.
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Loved this one too!! More challenging for Mark and Ollie with the new diet and hunting challenges, but still a great show!!Published 4 months ago by Carol F.