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The gentle Tasaday: A Stone Age people in the Philippine rain forest Hardcover – 1975


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  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; First Edition edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151349908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151349906
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,673,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Buckley VINE VOICE on 25 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
In the mid-1970's, worldwide attention focused on a twenty-five-member tribe living in the dense jungle of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, said to have been living indefinitely in isolation. Their discovery led to the forming of several expeditions composed of Filipino and American anthropologists, news correspondents, television crews of the National Geographic Society, a cabinet minister of the Philippine government, and an American conservationist, the late Charles A. Lindbergh.
John Nance was one of the group, and in March 1972, his book, 'The Gentle Tasaday' describes in detail their initial contact, their terror at the sight of the helicopter, their curiosity about the outside world, and also the efforts to protect them from the outside world. Nance covered the Vietnam War for the Associated Press beginning in 1965, spending several years based in the Phillipines as a reporter and photographer. His book is certainly a fascinating account, full of information about the tribes-people, a book of its time.
However, in 1986, Oswald Iten, a Swiss journalist, accompanied and guided by a Filipino reporter named Joey Lozano, trekked out into the jungle to find out what had become of the Tasaday. What Iten found shocked him, and soon became the basis for uncovering a hoax.
Iten found the Tasaday's caves empty and the tribe members living in huts nearby, dressed in jeans and t-shirts, living a simple, but certainly not especially primitive lifestyle. Upon questioning them (using Lozano as a translator), two of the Tasaday admitted to Iten that they weren't really a `stone-age' tribe and never had been.
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Modern Jungle cave tribe story 11 July 2009
By Michael B. Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I met John Nance in Portland when showing his slide show of 'Tasaday' from remote jungle tribe, he was amazed & enchanted by their openess & awareness there, explaining details how they lived with beautiful B+W photos to prove they're real small cave commune. He visited them for many days & book explains the politics of getting into & out of primeval forest jungle, so remote from villagers who didn't know they existed, living on wild raw foods, fruit & nuts, cooked frogs & rare pig, The relationships between them living communally we can see the happiness of children, i found in 2 cooperative communes with children in NW US in 1970s wild hippies, not native forest dwellers. The Tasaday's were mostly naked, open, peaceful, caring & living outdoors in hot jungle under huge canopy, rarely seeing much sky, stars & big animals. This book is a classic ethnography as journalism reporting the only cave tribe of 20th century i think. It seems too 'real' for anthropology to get into their primal living needs in jungle.
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