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Intruders in sacred territory. | 09/11/2010 14:00 |

In this article authors Myrna Eindhoven, Gerard A. Persoon and Laurens Bakker look at how the programme Groieten terug was received in Dutch anthropological circles, and examine the relation between academic anthropology and entertainment programmes which are popularly associated with it.

In the autumn of 2005, a Dutch commercial television broadcast Groeten uit de rimboe (Ticket to the tribes). In this eight-part series, two Dutch and one Belgian family temporarily give up their lifestyles to spend several weeks among “the most primitive Tribes” as the Himba in Namibia, the Mentawaians of Siberut in Indonesia, and the Tamberma in Togo respectively. Groeten uit de rimboe explored whether these Westerners could cope with primitive life and be accepted as worthy members of the tribe. With an estimated average of 1.5 million viewers, the series, broadcast at primetime on Saturday evening, was an overwhelming success.

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