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Published on Nov 2, 2015
One of the last true hunter-gatherer tribes, the East African Hadza try to maintain their sustainable lifestyle. They have lived on their land near the Rift Valley in Tanzania for over 50,000 years. Like other indigenous peoples around the globe, the Hadza now face grave challenges to their way of life. The Hadza: The Last of the First is a call to action to guarantee a land corridor for their survival.
The tribesmen explain how integral ancient traditions are to their lifestyle. The men head out armed with spears and bows to hunt down the animals they need to survive. The women dig for roots and plants to live off. The Hazda are as much a part of the land as the animals they hunt. If they lose their land they lose their means of survival.
The Hazda are fighting to protect their ancestral land, but unless things change they're fighting a losing battle. Agriculture is already depriving them of resources, with cattle drinking from their water holes and even eating the thatch from their roofs.
An insight into their unique way of life, this moving film follows the Hazda as they are caught between traditions and modern ways of life. It uncovers a clash of cultures that could mean the loss of a vital connection to our past.