On a planet crowded with six billion people, isolated primitive cultures are getting pushed to the brink of extinction. Against this backdrop, a new form of adventure travel has raised an unsettling question: Would you pay to see tribes who have never laid eyes on an outsider?Why, no. No, I wouldn't. Nor would I pay to shoot the last spotted owl, or harpoon the last sperm whale. I just don't understand the attraction. Nostalgia for the pith-helmet era?
13 February 2005
The Selling of the Last Savage
The February 2005 edition of the travel magazine Outside has a long article by Michael Bihar entitled "The Selling of the Last Savage" in which he recounts his experience on a savage-spotting tour in West Papua.
Posted by Joel at 2/13/2005 06:07:00 PM