A lost stone-age tribe of only a few dozen people has been discovered in the Philippines, in the remote jungles of southern Mindanao Island.
AERIAL V Jungle
SV Trees TILT DOWN TO tribesmen, woman & children sitting by stream. (10 shots)
CU Hunter from neighbouring tribe (2 shots)
CU & SVs Tribes people (4 shots)
CU Reporter and anthropologist Dr. Robert Fox (with beard)
SV Helicopter leaving and tribes people watch (2 shots)
Initials BB/1752 WLW/PN/BB/1822
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Background: A lost stone-age tribe of only a few dozen people has been discovered in the Philippines, in the remote jungles of southern Mindanao Island. The tribe, the Tasada, live in extremely primitive conditions--without clothing, shelter, crops, or even a full vocabulary. They live beside streams in the jungle, existing almost entirely on berries, shrubs, tadpoles and grubs. The only tools they use are roughly-shaped pieces of stone, and their only form of clothing is palm leaves--worn protectively rather than decoratively, or out of modesty.
The Tasada were discovered by a hunter from a neighbouring tribe, who works for the Philippines Government, and he reported the existence of this lost tribe to the authorities. When visited by a United States anthropologist and a reporter, who arrived in a helicopter, the tribesmen showed--remarkably--no curiosity about the strangers and the outside world. Questioned through the hunter who discovered them, the Tasadas said there was nothing they wanted--the lost tribe which did not want to be discovered.
SYNOPSIS: The remote jungle of the Philippines could hide almost anything -- until recently, it concealed a complete stone-age tribe for over 2 thousand years.
These people call themselves the Tasadas -- one of the most primitive tribe on earth; the people that the world passed by. Their lack of development is almost unbelievable -- they live without man-made shelter; with no clothing except for the occasional palm-leaf; and without crops of any sort. Their language, although distinctly different, has a very limited vocabulary and almost no grammar--communication is merely a few basic words haphazardly strung together. Their only tools are few roughly-shaped pieces of stone, and their only food is wild berries, shrubs, a few grubs, and tadpoles from the streams. Today, there are only a few dozen Tasadas left -- and it is a wonder, say anthropologists, that they have managed to survive even this long.
They were originally discovered by this man -- a hunter from a more advanced neighbouring tribe more advanced neighbouring tribe who works for the Philippines Government. He brought them some iron tools and cheap jewellery, and taught them to construct rough shelters for themselves. He built up a communication with them, based on a few common words, and gained their confidence before reporting their existence to the authorities.
A few weeks ago, a reporter and a United States anthropologist, D. Robert Fox, made contact with the Tasadas. They discover that the people have almost no curiosity about the outside world and when offered gifts and help the Tasadas said no....the lost tribe that doesn't want to be discovered.