Ethnology brushed up against its paradoxical death in 1971, the day when the Philippine
government decided to return the few dozen Tasaday who had just been discovered in
the depths of the jungle, where they had lived for eight centuries without any contact
with the rest of the species, to their primitive state, out of the reach of colonizers,
tourists, and ethnologists. This at the suggestion of the anthropologists themselves, who
were seeing the indigenous people disintegrate immediately up...