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YouTuber visits indigenous island tribe that has had 'barely any contact with the outside world'

Rachel Lang

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YouTuber visits indigenous island tribe that has had 'barely any contact with the outside world'

An Australian YouTuber has visited the 'forgotten islands' in Northern Vanuatu where outsiders rarely get an inside glimpse of tribal life.

Brodie Moss, a vlogger from Exmouth in Western Australia, visited Kwakéa Island and uploaded a video that documented his journey.

Kwakéa Island is home to a caucasian man who Moss refers to merely as Brett.

Brett lives on the island after his grandfather gained permission to remain there from the locals after 'the war'.


On the surrounding islands the local indigenous tribes still live the way their ancestors did: off the land, catching fish from the sea, and cut off from the modern world and all technology.

"Welcome to what people called the forgotten islands of the South Pacific," Moss said in the viral clip, which has been viewed more than 2.2 million times..

"I’m at the northernmost island group in Vanuatu, There’s no shops, there’s hardly any power or reception, and we'll be eating whatever we can catch from the ocean or on the land."


Brett shows off his tiny, ramshackle hut before the group board a boat to go visit the more isolated indigenous people.

"See those islands there in the distance? We’re heading towards them. They’re the islands Brett trades with, and the one where all the locals are from," Brodie said.

"But they haven’t really seen people like us before except for Brett, so anything can happen."

Credit: YBS Youngbloods/YouTube
Credit: YBS Youngbloods/YouTube

Some could be seen drawing their bows and arrows.

But, instead of firing at them, the native tribesmen take Brett and Brodie to the chief.

In the video, chanting and whooping villagers can be seen falling silent before the chief speaks.

"With my people, I am welcoming both of you," he said in a translation.


The tribe then can be seen breaking out into song and dance as the Aussie and his mates could be seen breathing a sigh of relief.


Later in the clip, Brodie said: "I was not expecting that. That was one of the most beautiful, insane, and kind of scary experiences I've ever had but [it has given me] all the feels, all of the emotions.

"The people here are amazing."

Credit: YBS Youngbloods/YouTube.
Credit: YBS Youngbloods/YouTube.

One commenter said: "One villager pulled his bow and arrow up at Brodie on the trail to the village. It was difficult to tell in the beginning whether or not the islanders would lead them to death or celebration."

A second said: "It was scary at the start... They are the real sons and daughters of nature."

A third noted: "What's mind-blowing is that all these ancient tribes seem to be so much more happy than we are."

Advocacy group Survival International estimates that there are more than 100 'uncontacted' tribes around the world that exist today.

Featured Image Credit: YBS Youngbloods/YouTube.

Topics: News, World News, Social Media

Rachel Lang
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