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A Blank on the Map

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Country of origin  United Kingdom
Distributor  BBC Worldwide
Initial release  1971
Narrated by  David Attenborough
Genre  Documentary film
Original language(s)  English
Original release  1971
First episode date  1971
Written by  David Attenborough
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Preceded by  Attenborough in Paradise
Related shows  Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages
Followed by  The Lost Gods of Easter Island
Similar  Charles Darwin and the Tree, The Mosuo Sisters, Flying Monsters 3D with D, The Lost Gods of Easter Isl, The Amber Time Machine

A Blank on the Map is a BBC TV documentary written and presented by David Attenborough filmed in New Guinea. It was first transmitted in 1971 and is now available on the DVD collection Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages. The documentary follows Attenborough as he joins Ambunti Patrol No 19/1970-71 (3 May to 10 June 1971), led by ADC Laurie Bragge, crossing through a previously unexplored region in search of an uncontacted people known as the Bikaru. However a setback is encountered when a translator from Bisorio could not be found. After several weeks in the interior, with no sighting of any Bikaru people, the expedition eventually encounters signs of human habitation and, toward the conclusion of their journey, they are approached by a small tribe of Biami natives who allegedly had never before had contact with the outside world. The curious and friendly tribe engages in some minor trading with the expedition. They become alarmed, however, when Attenborough and company attempt to follow them to their homes. The tribe suddenly disappears into the forest and are not seen again. After this point the BBC crew were flown out and the rest of the patrol returned to Ambunti.

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A Blank on the Map Wikipedia


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