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Meet the Natives: USA

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Engaging reality docu looks at America through fresh eyes.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Great series

All enjoyed it together. Very interesting to see these guys totally out of their element and their take on things. It's also interesting to see other people's reaction to them. Very funny journey. They are treated a little like children but I think it's only because people wanted to be nice to them. Good show!
age 17+

Just bigin to imargin if such tribe are still existing under the world,which i will like know more about them if thier is any little contribution i can render interm advice and prayer.

Is It Any Good?

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Meet the Natives was born partly out of the Tanna tribe's desire to pay homage to an American man whom they believe was responsible for bringing peace to their island years ago. The group's voyage also provides a fresh perspective on the different ways that people across the United States live their lives. And the tribesmen offer interesting insights on some of the values that currently dictate the way Americans think about being part of a community, raising children, treating their elders, and dealing with aging.

The sends positive messages about sharing cultural experiences and finding common ground among disparate groups. Watching the Tanna natives do things like touching snow and riding a roller coaster for the first time in their lives is definitely fun, too. But there are some irritating moments, too, especially when the men -- among them a revered tribal chief, a respected medicine man, and a lead tribal dancer -- are treated like adult children by some of their well-meaning American hosts. Still, in the end, the show is an entertaining, perceptive look into what life in America looks like to those who live a world away.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 29, 2009
  • Network: Travel Channel
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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