Sunday, May 26, 2013

Untouched for 40 years

Day 26, Sunday: Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.

I'm really excited about today's prompt. I've found two really interesting articles recently, so today I'll share one of them with you.

This article was published in the Smithsonian Magazine about a family who was discovered living in an extremely remote portion of Siberia. For 40 years this family was untouched by other humans or the world. They lived in the mountains, 150 miles from the closest settlement. Their two youngest children had literally never seen another human that wasn't a member of their small family.
Their House
A group of geologists were flying over when their little house and farm was spotted. They tracked the family down, and at first the meeting did not go so well. Especially for the two youngest who had never seen another person before.

They left the house and waited on the edge of the clearing for the family to come talk to them when they were comfortable. The family had fled religious persecution in Russia and had just kept going further and further from civilzation.

Over time the geologists shared a bit of technology with them, and tried to help out their family. While the geologists were working in the area, every single family member except for one died.

This is where the anthropologist in me thinks, was it better for the family to have their lives touched by the geologists who gave them things they desperately needed, or would it have been better for them to have remained isolated forever?

Honestly, I am not sure, but I'm inclined to think perhaps it would have been better for them to be left alone.

Read the article, and tell me what you think.
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Angi said...

Wow...what a fascinating, yet sad story. I can't help but lean toward thinking they'd have been better off if they had just been left alone and the geologists hadn't tried to "help" them so much. Maybe they should have just given them some sustainable foods and then let them live their lives the way they were used to. I know they were probably just trying to help, but sometimes humans can be so arrogant in thinking that every single person needs to live like WE's really not necessary to try and change other cultures!

Angela said...

This is seriously fascinating. I can hardly wrap my mind around this!!

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