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Connections: Understanding A Community Of People That Chooses To Live Without Technology

Oct 19, 2016

It might seem hard to believe, but a community of people in a remote jungle were closed off to the rest of the world until as late as 1970. They call themselves the Korowai, and they have built a remarkable existence in Indonesia, including homes high in the trees above the rain forest.

For several decades, tourists have been allowed to interact with the Korowai, and that interaction has led to some misunderstandings on both sides.

Rupert Stasch from the University of Cambridge has spent a great deal of time with the Korowai, and he's in Rochester to discuss his findings. First, he's our guest on Connections.