Is this video fake? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyHYbsXt05k
Most of the links according this video have no information besides the video itself and are very recent. How should I proceed to get more information about this expedition?
The description of the video claims that "Tribe in Papua New Guinea meets white man for the first time. Filmed in 1976. They have never seen modern civilization, or any modern technology." First of all, it is not from 1976. The date is incorrect on many videos because, most likely, someone misread the following disclaimer, at the bottom of the original upload:
Finding the original upload gives us also a lot more information to go with, from it's description box:
Using that information, I was able to find The hunt for authenticity, an article published in the peer-reviewed journal The Journal of Pacific History, in which the author claims the video is fake but not in the way you would expect. To quote the abstract,
Unfortunately, there is no English version of the article freely available online. There is, however, a French version of the article which can be read here. According to the article, it is apparently largely documented that Jean-Pierre Dutilleux was not the first white man to meet the Toulambis. Allow me to translate the most relevant passage as best as I can:
Interestingly, Jean-Pierre Dutilleux is also cited in the article, defending himself that:
In either case, if you are fluent in French and are curious to see the whole documentary, it can be purchased online here for about three euros.
This article claims it's fake:
The article says that several knowledgeable anthropologists denounced the fake video after it was shown on TV. From the article (sorry about the bad quality automatic translation):
Here's some additional information on Pierre Lemonnier, one of the anthropologists reporting the video as fake:
Note that additional information about Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, different from his 90's styled homepage, is very hard to come by.
Given all these informations, I'm starting to be convinced that the video may be false indeed. If somebody who speaks french could perform some additional research and provide further insight, that would be appreciated.
Update: Borror0's answer suggests that the video is either fake or, at the very least, disingenuous. The video appears to be correctly attributed but the date of filming does not match some of the YouTube uploads. The contended issue is the declaration that the tribe in the video had not encountered white skinned people before. Borror0's research heavily suggests that this is not true.
The information below is still accurate but I reckon that it should be filed under "interesting" instead of "evidence". The counter-evidence makes too strong of a case against it.
Jean-Pierre Dutilleux is credited as the maker of the film. He has a personal website with a full biography. IMDb also has a page for him. Notable achievements include being nominated for an Academy Award for his 1978 film Raoni.
His own website gives this information about the video being reposted on YouTube:
The pictures from that page also match the people in the video (note the distinctive nose piercing):
So the information provided by the filmmaker is coherent and matches the video on YouTube. I was unable to locate secondary references to the video or a tribe named Toulambi.
EDIT: Actually, this is a different upload of the same video I was using to find the above information. The video linked claims this was from 1976; Dutilleux's page claims that the tribe wasn't encountered until 1993.
Wikipedia provides an entirely unsourced comment about Papua New Guinea's tribes that may help provide some credibility to a tribe not being contacted until the video:
The listing for "minor ethic groups" simply says Wopkaimin and over 700 others (again unsourced.)
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