Jean Pierre Dutilleux – First-world tribe explorer and spokeman

Jean Pierre Dutilleux

Do you know what a first-world tribe is?
They are tribes that live isolated from the modern world and who have preserved their way of life through the ages. Jean Pierre Dutilleux is renowned for making contact with these isolated tribes – as Jacques-Yves Cousteau is renowned for exploring the depth of the seas. Surprisingly both are french-speaking!

There are more than 700 tribal languages reported worldwide. However only a handful of fourth-world tribes still live undeterred by modern man. How amazing would it be to meet these extraordinary people from around the world. As Jean Pierre would say, it’s an opportunity to time-travel through the history of man.

As much important as biodiversity, the preservation of these living tribes is linked to earth’s future. We should respect their pristine homeland with fierce enthusiasm. We are calling ourselves the civilized ones while silently destroying our brothers’ homes and primary resources. Everything is linked and you would be surprised how it affect us even miles away. Take away someone’s foot and then see how challenging life becomes. The same thing is happening on a larger scale when we destroy key habitats of the world; even if we don’t realize it due to the process elapsing over multiple years.

At age 22, Jean Pierre had already filmed and photographed 50 tribes worldwide. We have to thank him for advances in the creation of Amazonian reserves that would otherwise be exploited. Most important is that he help raises awareness about fourth-world tribes. It is surprising how so little information about our wild brothers is available and known by population. I always say we need to add nutrition as a mandatory course in elementary school since people put food in their mouth three times a day (if not more). I now think that fourth-world tribes knowledge should be common knowledge along with geography. Not only it is interesting to learn their beliefs, habitat, method of hunting, foraging, healing, and altogether how they are living in partnership with nature – it would give us so much depth into reality as a society – a reality that is buried inside everyone of us that we dare to look. One fascinating fact is that some fourth-world tribes are able to manage to lives above our society’s reference of poverty. Yeah that’s right! And in our advanced society millions and millions of people are unable to provide for themselves and their family, living below the “poverty line” so to speak, dying of malnutrition and suiciding out of emotional imbalance and psychological distress.

I invite you to watch a sample of Tribal Jouneys Episode 01, Part 1 – The Toulambi on youtube and buy the 6 DVDs box set at


Anjio meeting with the cameraman