Tribe (British TV series)

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Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States) is a British documentary television series co-produced by the BBC and the Discovery Channel, and hosted by former British Royal Marine Bruce Parry.

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Also known asGoing Tribal
Presented byBruce Parry
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series3
No. of episodes15 (list of episodes)
Original networkBBC Two
Original release3 January 2005 (2005-01-03) –
25 September 2007 (2007-09-25)
Related showsAmazon
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In each series, Parry visits a number of remote tribes in such locales as the Himalayas, Ethiopia, West Papua, Gabon, and Mongolia, spending a month living and interacting with each society. While there, Parry adopts the methods and practices of his hosts, participating in their rituals and exploring their cultural norms. This often enables him to form personal bonds with the members of each tribe.

Parry tries to learn the basics of the tribe's language but is also accompanied by a translator.

The series is co-produced by BBC Wales and the Discovery Channel. A second series aired in July 2006 and the third began on 21 August 2007 on BBC Two, and ended on 25 September 2007. No further series have been made, though Parry's 2008 series, Amazon has a similar synopsis.

Parry was awarded the BAFTA Cymru "Best On-Screen Presenter" award in 2008 for his work on the 'Penan' Episode. A BAFTA Cymru "Best Camera: Not Drama" award was also awarded for Gavin Searle's work in the same episode.[1]

The show has also received criticism from scholars for not using scientific, anthropologic practices, and for appealing to stereotypes of exoticism for entertainment purposes. [2]


Series 1 (2005)Edit

No. in
TitleUS titleOriginal air dateUS air date
11"Adi"Lost Tribe: The Adis3 January 2005 (2005-01-03)[3]6 September 2005
Set in Northeast India. The episode involves the sacrifice of a bull.
22"Suri"Dangerous Game: The Suri10 January 2005 (2005-01-10)[4]9 August 2005
Set in Ethiopia.
33"Kombai"Living with Cannibals17 January 2005 (2005-01-17)[5]16 August 2005
Set in West Papua.
44"Babongo"African Vision Quest24 January 2005 (2005-01-24)[6]30 August 2005
Set in Gabon.
55"Darhad"Horse Masters of Mongolia31 January 2005 (2005-01-31)[7]23 August 2005
Set in Mongolia. Parry witnesses a shamanic ritual.
66"Sanema"Waking the Spirits7 February 2005 (2005-02-07)[8]13 September 2005
Set in Venezuela. Parry takes part in a ceremony involving an hallucinogenic drug.

Series 2 (2006)Edit

All three episodes were in Ethiopia within the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region

No. in
TitleUS titleOriginal air dateUS air date
71"Nyangatom"Return to Africa2 May 2006 (2006-05-02)2 May 2006
Parry returns to Ethiopia to stay with the Nyangatom people, who are sworn enemies of the Suri, whom Parry had met in the previous series.
82"Hamar"Rites of Passage: The Hamar9 May 2006 (2006-05-09)9 May 2006
Set in Ethiopia
93"Dassanech"Crocodile Hunting16 May 2006 (2006-05-16)16 May 2006
Set in Ethiopia

Series 3 (2007)Edit

No. in
TitleUS titleOriginal air dateUS air date
101"Matis"Hunting with the Jaguar Tribe21 August 2007 (2007-08-21)10 August 2007
Set in Brazil
112"Nenets"Nomads of the Siberian Tundra28 August 2007 (2007-08-28)17 August 2007
Set in Russia
123"Anuta"Lost Island of Anuta4 September 2007 (2007-09-04)24 August 2007
Set in the Solomon Islands
134"Akie"Life in the African Bush: The Akie11 September 2007 (2007-09-11)31 August 2007
Set in Tanzania
145"Layap"Journey to the Clouds: Bhutan18 September 2007 (2007-09-18)7 September 2007
Set in Bhutan
156"Penan"Ghosts of the Forest25 September 2007 (2007-09-25)14 September 2007
Set in Sarawak, Borneo

Songs for Survival (2008)Edit

Alongside the Tribe (and Parry's next Amazon) series a 2-CD album, Songs for Survival, has been released by Kensaltown Records which features a variety of artists such as Mike Oldfield, Johnny Borrell, Hot Chip, The Go! Team, Mystery Jets and Yusuf Islam. Every track on the album is exclusive, and has been written especially for the project.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "BAFTA Cymru Film, Television & New Media Awards, 2008 – WINNERS" (PDF). BAFTA Cymru. Retrieved 5 January 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Rethinking documentary : new perspectives, new practices. Austin, Thomas, 1966-, De Jong, Wilma. Maidenhead, England: McGraw Hill/Open University Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-335-23627-5. OCLC 271677031.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Adi". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Suri". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Suri". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Babongo". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Darhad". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Tribe, Series 1, Sanema". BBC Online. BBC. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Coldplay and A-ha team up". Teletext. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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