March 18 at 8.30pm on SBS
Join Bruce Parry as he embarks on another series of adventures exploring life in the world’s most secluded areas.
In episode 4 of the series, Bruce ventures deep into the heart of Eastern Africa just south of Mt.Kilimanjaro. There, he meets the indigenous tribe, Akie.
The Akie tribe was regrettably pushed out of the rich hunting land by the much more powerful Maasai tribe. Because of this, the Akie are very weary of new faces and refuse to accept a stranger’s presence without them proving themselves as both a peacemaker and a brave hunter.
Despite the joyful welcoming, Parry had a touch initiation before the Akie would allow him to live and work within their community. Under the hot sun, Parry assisted in game hunting in the open plains of Africa and captured honey from the deep crevices of bee hive covered tree trunks. At sunset, he participated in Akie rituals including sniffing “snuff” and tobacco products long into the night to try to prove himself as a trustworthy member of the tribe.
The next morning from sunset, Parry followed the tribe hunters as they searched for some form of meat to replenish the people of the village. He learns that even facing a drought and no food, the Akie tribe remained optimistic and still managed to smile in when times were tough.
After spending several days immersing himself deep into the culture of the Akie tribe, Parry learned the values of hard work and kinship and believed that many could learn from their approach to life.