Woman of the Tribe | About the show

In Woman of the Tribe, six British women will give up their everyday lives and spend a month living with some of the world’s remotest tribes – in Greenland, Papua New Guinea, Africa, and Northern Mongolia.

The women will act as a ‘second wife’ by shadowing the tribesman’s real wife in her daily duties. They will need to work, eat, and sleep exactly as the other tribal women in order to experience what it’s really like to live in the community.

BBC’s Commissioning Editor Richard Klein said: “Woman of the Tribe will give UK audiences and the six Western women a real insight into how tribal women really live, the everyday issues they deal with, their hopes and fears, and their views on life. Viewers will see the women of the tribe speak with passion, emotion and humour about their lives, in a way that has not been explored before.”

The series will reflect on the tribe’s perception of Western culture and garner their views on their visitors: members of the tribe will be interviewed each week to assess how the British women are doing, how well each woman is integrating into the community, how useful she is, and the strength of the individual relationships she forges.

Crossing continents to some of the remotest places in the world – from jungle to desert – viewers will be able to follow the progress of the tribal wife to see if she is accepted by the community, and is able to rise to the challenges thrown at her by her new life – or whether she simply misses her Western lifestyle too much to truly benefit from the experience.

The show will screen in the UK in 2007.

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