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CLIP 9495

Living with the Kombai - hunting barefoot

Living with the Kombai - hunting barefoot

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Key Info
  • Living with the Kombai - hunting barefoot
  • Duration: 01:30
  • The rainforest floor is covered with painful thorns, snags and biting insects. The Kombai, however, benefit from tough leathery soles to their feet because they have never used shoes. They move around quickly using their exceptionally strong toes to grip footholds on the forest floor. This clip was first published as part of the BBC Tribe website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    People and the Environment: Tribes

  • Keywords: Oceania, barefoot, Bruce Parry, culture, forest, Indonesia, jungle, Kombai, New Guinea, Papua, rainforest, shoes, thorn, tribe
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful in the context of a unit on cultural understanding and diversity or a study of people and their environment. Ask your learners to consider the reasons why Kombai men traditionally don't wear clothes.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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