A Quest Called Tribe

In Discovery's extreme travelogue, the natives aren't restless, but the host sure is

Spear pressure: Parry (center) and friends
photo: BBC
Spear pressure: Parry (center) and friends


Going Tribal
Tuesdays at 9 on Discovery Channel

Deftly blending entertainment and edification, Going Tribal is also an exercise in serial enchantment, for Parry and for us. The most disorienting thing about the show is not that he gets so immersed in these cultures but that he is able to leave. Over and over, Parry bonds with the families he meets and has his worldview shaken. Often he leaves with tears in his eyes—yet leave he must, on to the next life-altering epiphany.

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