I was stationed in the Northern Island of the Philippines, (Luzon) in 1972 at Clark AFB. And I remember this stuff quite well; the previous year a discovery was made that fired up the world of anthropology like nothing else ever had. The discovery of a cave-dwelling tribe called the Tasaday tribe. It was such a discovery that National Geographic ran special articles on the tribes people. A cadre of scientists along with the rich and famous traveled to the Philippines just to see these primitives. Journalists and their publishers couldn't get enough of this stuff. Books were written, television specials were run.
Check it out for yourself: Here is the actual article from Time Magazine archives dated Oct. 1971.
The only problem--it was an act.
The scientific world had rushed in and took the bait--hook, line and sinker!
Supposedly a missionary had recognized the tribes people from an article as a group he'd been working with and knew they weren't living in caves, nore were naked...(those nasty christians, always interfering with science!)
As it turned out a minor official by the name of Manuel Elizalde Jr., paid local farmers to live in the caves, take off their clothes, and appear Stone Age. They even rehearsed using stone impliments. Unfortunately Manuel Elizalde Jr. absconded with a large bankroll of money allegedly taken from funds set aside to provide lands for the Tasaday.
Here is one of the best articles I've read about what really happened. You can google it up and read numerous articles about this fraud...but sometimes the truth is hard to swallow, (especially when you have a group that gets funding for perpetuating the lie).
Not to be confused with the facts of the case, some still believe that the Tasaday are a stone age people co-opted by the modern world.
That's nothing though; I met this Polynesian guy--Cheif Sieulu and his partner on this day. they look primitive in native costume, but are multi-lingual, intelligent, well traveled, funny and know how to entertain, plus I think he drives a beamer. The cheif's survival skills are unsurpassed! (If you go to O'ahu Hawaii you've got to go to the Kualoa Macadamia Nut Farm and take the tour!) Darwin's theory was used to classify some men as more evolved than others which is evident by the Origin of Species subtitle, "The Preservation of the Favoured Races." You probably weren't told about the subtitle in school, were you?
Here is a good podcast on
The Dark Darwinian History of Eugenics