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Tribe: Endangered Peoples of the World Hardcover – 4 Oct 2010
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Beautiful photography captures what may be a last look at the lives and lifestyles of the world's most striking tribal peoples. Includes insights from a new generation of anthropologists from the tribes themselves. They now return with a unique viewpoint - that of looking at their own people. Quotations and revealing personal interviews from the world's leading anthropologists about their most testing times - life and love and death in the field. Tribe also asks the question 'what next?' How long can these tribes survive and what unmet need has fuelled our endless fascination with them?
About the Author
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
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27 February 2012
As I type this review my 15 year old son Dexter is laying out his Art GCSE course work, having been inspired by Piers Gibbon's elegantly crafted book. Piers Gibbon knows his tribes having travelled to various corners of the world and met a good many of them personally, as a presenter of documentaries for National Geographic and other TV channels. He writes about tribal customs, rituals and medicines with the combination of academic rigour (Piers has a Master's degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University) with personal experience of having sampled the hallucinogenic effects of the ayahuasca vine prepared by an Amazonian shaman. A huge effort has clearly gone into this project creating this impeccably well researched and beautifully presented book. This is not a children's book but it will enlighten and inspire young and old alike. Dexter gets the last word summing it up by declaring, "Tribal people are sooooo cool."
19 December 2010
This Book is excellent. Its a great one to have on the shelf to pick up from time to time. The pictures are wonderful and printed on a good material so they are defined and colourful. Its got some intresting information and clearly alot of time and effort has gone into the research and writting of it. It reminds you that theres a whole world out there packed full of cultures and traditions and just how beautiful they can be.