Meet The Natives USA: Army People

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Sunday 8 November, 7.30pm

The five ambassadors are staying with the final family on their journey, Staff Sergeant Steve and Sergeant Tara, on the huge army base of Fort Stewart, in Georgia. They are hoping to learn more about the American soldier known on Tanna as ‘Tom Navy’, who stopped the infighting on their island, and complete their mission of returning his message and ensuring his words of peace are alive in America today. They experience different aspects of life on the military base: from the scary warfare simulator to the happy welcoming of troops back from Iraq. They gradually find out more about Tom Navy, learning about the dog tags he left them in the museum, and meeting a contemporary of Tom’s on base. On their last evening they encourage the soldiers to dance, but they have learnt that it is the big Chiefs elsewhere that actually send these men to war. To take Tom’s message to these Chiefs they go to Washington DC. They visit the Capitol Building and the National Mall, finding Tom’s message of peace written on the walls of the Second World War Memorial. Then they receive a letter from General Colin Powell, inviting them to his office. At the meeting with Powell they receive his reassurances that he will enforce Tom’s message of peace, and that Tom’s spirit lives in Barack Obama. Jubilant at having completed their mission, they return to Tanna and, after a spectacular welcome, report back to the Supreme Chief. The series closes with the community watching what their ambassadors discovered in America on a big screen under the banyan trees, while the five offer their final thoughts on their epic adventure.

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