TIL With the 1971 first encounter with the Tasaday people in the Philippines, western anthropologists became suspicious. Living with limited technology and stone tools, they appeared so close to the stone-age stereotype that anthropologists began suspecting them of being an elaborate hoax

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  1. And with the typical boringness of reality it seems that they were both half-hoax, and half actual existing hunter/gatherer community.

    The first “anthropologist” (actually a [Filipino entrepreneur](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Elizalde)) to encounter them bribed them to appear as more “primitive” to give credence to the discovery of a stone-age people. All international anthropologists were then banned from accessing the Tasaday until a regime change in the Philippines, after which the exaggeration was discovered. The “stone age” Tasaday walked around in blue jeans and lived in huts – not caves.

    Some then believed that they were a complete hoax and that there was no such thing as the Tasaday, however anthropology then discovered that they had their own language and customs, and actually were a genuine community of hunter/gatherers

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