Recontact in 1986
1986 - ABC's Tom Jarriel meets the Tasaday
After April 1973, Manuel Elizalde'd helicopter did not
the caves. Elizalde was concerned about the impact on the Tasaday and
he was engaged in other projects. When the Marcos regime fell in 1986,
Oswalt Iten visited the Tasaday
in Mindanao. He saw a very different people than were portrayed in the
early 1970s. The story was told by ABC 20/20 in a program August 16,
Tasaday at helicopter
landing site, 1972.
copyright by John Nance, used with
In viewing the ABC 20/20 program, pay particular attention to the greeting
between Tom Jarriel and the Tasaday. Jarriel asks a number of questions.
Look at how Jarriel frames his questions.
- How do
the Tasaday express their
- "Were you born in the caves?"
- "What languages do you speak?"
- "Were your parents Tasaday?"
- "Did you have contact with other people
- Why did you take off your clothes?"
Issues about Tasaday Authenticity
To Tasaday Topics
Who actually benefits from their reserve?
Who benefits from their protection?
Is the amount of change in their culture plausible?
How long were the Tasaday isolated from outside peoples?
Is isolation even possible?
How unique is their language?
How plausible is their Stone Age technology
How accurate are the scientific studies and sources of data about the
Why was Elizalde helping them?
Why did Elizalde do so much gatekeeping?
- Why did he let more notables visit than scientists?
- Why did Elizalde abandon visiting the Tasaday?
Why do the Tasaday dress differently for various visitors?
Are the terms "Stone Age" and "Cave People" appropriately applied? Why
were these terms used?
Do the data have inconsistencies?
Were overstatements made? Were inaccuracies reported?
Is too much emphasis placed on interpreting what is "said?" Should
more attention be given to demeanor and body language?
Updated:Tuesday, 19-Feb-2013 20:44:27 PST
Court Smith, Oregon