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The Tasaday Tapes

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Title: The Tasaday Tapes
Authors: Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords: Tasaday language
Malayo-Polynesian languages
LC Subject Headings: Tasaday (Philippine people)
Manobo languages
Philippines Languages
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Reid, Lawrence. "The Tasaday Tapes." In Pan-Asiatic Linguistics: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Languages and Linguistics, Vol. V, 1743-1766. Salaya, Thailand: Institute of Language and Culture for Rural Development, Mahidol University at Salaya, 1996.
Abstract: It is nearly a quarter of a century since the Tasaday people, a band of about twenty-six supposedly isolated, stone-tool using hunter-gatherers, living in caves in the rain forests of Southern Mindanao were first read about in Manila’s newspapers (July 8, 1971),1 and shortly thereafter around the world in hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. National Geographic and NBC produced TV documentaries which captured the imagination of their viewers and the stage was set for a controversy that has waxed and waned until today. At issue was whether the Tasaday were really a completely isolated group having absolutely no knowledge of the agricultural communities that surrounded their forest home, living a pristine, Paleolithic lifestyle since time immemorial in peace and harmony with themselves and their environment, or whether they were a carefully selected group of Manobo and Tboli farmers, some even well educated, who were persuaded to participate in a well-orchestrated hoax or whether they were something in between these two extreme positions.
Pages/Duration: 27 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33017
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