With more contact after 1986, questions arise about Tasaday authenticity. Several new videos try to answer the question about their history.
This video presents the voices of the Tasaday answering the hoax charges by ABC 20/20.
The Lost Tribe was a NOVA production based largely on a BBC video Trial in the Jungle.
Thomas Headland edited The Tasaday Controversy: Assessing the Evidence which was supposed to resolve the debate. Many of those who originally studied the Tasaday were not included in the volume due to death, concern over how the story had been handled, or purposefully excluded. Headland concluded
". . . there can be little doubt that the Tasaday exist . . . In spite of whatever questions we may have concerning their "primitiveness" or original degree of isolation until 1971, they are an indigeneous minority people whose rights and lands should be protected . . . (Thomas Headland 1992:222).
Eight Facts about the Tasaday, according to Thomas N. Headland. The Gentle Tasaday contains detailed background about the context behind these situations. Reading it one can learn more about the actual situation at the time.
Source: p. 75 in Traditional Peoples of Southeast Asia, Volume 5 of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Humankind and class interview 10/10/96.
In the ensuing two decades, Tasaday population changed significantly. When discovered there were 12 Tasaday male and 2 female children. As time passed they married and new spouses and their children became part of the Tasaday community.
What can we learn from the Tasaday story?