They are traditional hunters and farmers, wearing little more than grass skirts. They have no electricity or telvisions, and a very limited idea of the world beyond their tiny island, until... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Jimmy Joseph Nakou Jimmy Joseph Nakou ...  Narrator / ... 3 episodes, 2007
Yapa Nekiwris Yapa Nekiwris ...  Himself - The Ambassador 3 episodes, 2007
Posen Iarpita Napu Posen Iarpita Napu ...  Himself - The Ambassador 3 episodes, 2007
Albi Nangia Albi Nangia ...  Himself - The Ambassador 3 episodes, 2007
Joel Numapen Joel Numapen ...  Himself - The Ambassador 3 episodes, 2007
Humphry Wakefield Humphry Wakefield ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2007
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They are traditional hunters and farmers, wearing little more than grass skirts. They have no electricity or telvisions, and a very limited idea of the world beyond their tiny island, until now.... It's time to MEET THE NATIVES: USA. Insightful, entertaining and unforgettable, the extraordinary journey of five men from the remote Pacific island of Tanna across the United States will force us to look at ourselves through brand new eyes. Whether it's mud baths and roller coasters in Orange County, CA, sharing a Thanksgiving feast in America's heartland, or touching snow for the first time, the experiences of the Tanna tribesman provide an outsider's view of America that is at once both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

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UK

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English | Polynesian

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27 September 2007 (UK) See more »

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Au coeur des tribus See more »

Filming Locations:

Tanna, Vanuatu

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Followed by Meet the Natives USA (2009) See more »

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Follow us on a journey to an distant and exotic island... England
4 January 2009 | by Erik HedlundSee all my reviews

A group of five men from the small island of Tanna, Vanuatu, is invited to travel halfway around the World to visit an exotic island called England where they will live with three native English tribes, the Middle Class, the Working Class and the Upper Class. The ultimate goal of their adventure to this distant island kingdom is to meet the son of their god, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and consort to Queen Elizabeth II.

This is a wonderful and loving depiction of the five mens journey and their impressions of a society very different from their own. At home they live close to nature and their responses to some activities in England are spot-on, especially their comments on keeping traditions alive and on different kinds of hunting, for a living and for sport, are memorable.

I suppose this film is given an extra dimension if you are not English, they not only manage to give a warm rendering of their own society but a hilarious treat of the English as seen from a foreigners eyes, and the fact that they don't have a "Western" point of view in a way sets things in a new perspective. The production is by Channel 4 and that is noticeable, it is a British production, but the message comes through.


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