Their journey takes them across the country from New York City to Orange County, hitting other cities and states along the way. Staying for a short time with American families in NYC, southern California, Montana and Georgia, could easily be mistaken as our own American tribes. Narration from one of the English-speaking tribesmen helps us to highlight our own idiosyncrasies, rituals, worship, and in most cases will have you scratching your head.
The show poses so many important questions. Like why do we care so much about staying young? As one tribesman points out, “When the clock strikes 3 p.m. you cannot make it 9 a.m. again.” No judgment intended, he’s only concerned that we do not appreciate what is on the inside. Whether it’s about our health (canned yams are met with confusion – “do they know this food is not alive?”). Or the mysterious poison which is shot into an Orange County housewife to keep the wrinkles away. It was so touching, entertaining and I’m still thinking about it today.
I’m afraid that this show, like all great shows, will fly under the radar and miss its intended audience – everyone. Viewing should be mandatory. Check it out.