Parents' Guide to

Going Tribal

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exploration of ancient cultures can be intense.

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In some cases, Parry's acceptance as an equal comes at a hefty price. For example, while living among the Matis people of the Amazon River basin in Brazil, Parry bravely faces four traditional pre-hunting practices, including exposure to a frog poison that induces violent vomiting and diarrhea (to strengthen the body) and subjection to whipping with long reeds (to prevent laziness). His dedication to the project remains unwavering in the face of even the most daunting rituals.

Thanks mostly to Parry's thoroughness, Going Tribal gives viewers an honest -- and often surprising -- glimpse at the diversity of cultures in the remotest corners of the world. But while there's a lot of perspective to be gained by watching this intriguing series, know that it carries a "mature content" disclaimer for a reason. From hunting practices to painful rituals, violence in various forms is common -- and occasionally even pregnant women and kids are subjected to it. Nudity is also a possibility (though never in a sexual manner), and the tribes' outdoor life includes references to harsh weather, unusual dietary choices (monkeys, reindeer, etc.) and natural predators (like some awfully big bugs).

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