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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Elizalde "Discovers" the Tasaday

07 June 1971. Manuel Elizalde, Jr., head of the now defunct Office of the Presidential Assistant on National Minorities (PANAMIN), foists what some scholars dubbed as "the greatest anthropological hoax since piltdown man" by initiating the "first contact" with a supposedly isolated indigenous tribe of 26 individuals dwelling in the mountain fastnesses of Mindanao. For photos and detailed historical notes, see the following articles/sites:

Thomas Headland, "The Tasaday 'Cave' People"

♦ BBC's "The Tasaday Hoax"

Regina Hatcher, "The Tasaday Hoax?"

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