“Meet the Natives” by Emilee Rutledge


I watched episode one of “Meet the Natives: USA”. It was convenient that the tribe had a translator so that the tribe members and Americans could communicate. The tribe was portrayed as a peace loving community of people who live in harmony with nature on the South Pacific island of Tanna, Vanuatu. They seemed to be a joyful tribe who took pleasures in simple things such as socializing and dancing. They had heard that America is at war with other countries and wanted to make travelling to America a mission to spread their philosophy of peace and love. They were also very excited to experience a different world.

The Americans they visited appeared to be friendly and welcoming to the men. They were portrayed as hard-working members of society. The father was a cattle rancher who enjoyed hunting and the wife appeared to be a stay at home mother.  It was interesting to see how the personalities of the men from Tanna were infectious. It did not take long for the “ice” to break between everyone. The natives also seemed to be in a state of culture shock for the first couple of days.

The natives were often confuse and almost in shock by the grandeur and materialistic culture of America. They approached everything from a loving perspective. I never got the impression that they were critical in nature, only concerned. One of the younger natives begin to question the diversity in their live-stock back home on Tannu after witnessing the cattle farm in al it grandeur. The chief pointed out that their methods allowed for them to have security since they did not rely on one food source. The chief also intuitively understood that the antibiotics used on the cattle seemed potentially hazardous to the human body which I found to be impressive.

My heart melted a little when the chief fit the phrase that he loved one of the ranchers in to a compliment. The gruff and stoic man smiled and returned the compliment to the two members of he tribe he rode horses with that day.


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