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Saturday 04 December 2010

John McCarthy looks at endangered peoples of the world with broadcaster and traveller Piers Gibbon who has stayed with South American tribes and studied their use of plants. This has lead him to taking part in their rituals involving poisonous frog toxins.

Closer to home, hunter-gatherer tribes first inhabited the Hebrides 10,000 years ago but have left little for archaeologists to study. Professor Steven Mithen tells John how years of going there to excavate have brought him a deep appreciation of the islands and their present day people.

What kind of appreciation do visitors have of the islands of Great Britain? John talks to Immaculate Mwaungulu from Tanzania about her impressions on her first visit to the UK - including an interesting insight into tapwater.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Piers Gibbon

    studied Human Sciences at Oxford University. His final year thesis on “Plant Use in Tribal Societies” became an hour long documentary on Channel Four – Jungle Trip. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and has written and narrated, as a voice over artist, over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.

    Tribe: Endangered Peoples of the World
    Publisher: Cassell Illustrated
    ISBN: 9781844036332

    Find out more about Piers Gibbon
  • Steven Mithen

    is Professor of Early History at the University of Reading. He directs major field projects in western Scotland and Wadi Faynan in southern Jordan involving the survey and excavation of prehistoric settlements.
    He has been going to the Hebrides for about twenty years in a variety of groups of archaeologists and excavators.

    To the Islands – An Archaeologist’s Relentless Quest to find the Prehistoric Hunter – Gatherers of the Hebrides
    Publisher: Two Ravens Press
    ISBN: 9781906120559

    Find out more about Steven Mithen
  • Immaculate Mwaungulu

    is originally from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. She studied banking and finance and is a now microfinance practitioner organising small loans to local women starting businesses in the Iringa region. The Mama Bahati Foundation for which she works is in partnership with Five Talents a microfinance charity working in developing countries providing loan capital and training.

    Find out more about Five Talents



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