THE NEW TRIBES

There is a growing body in Britain who have turned to the ways of indigenous tribal peoples in order to live in balance with the natural world. Their concern for Nature is such that they will even rally in her defence when she is threatened - as by the current Roads Programme.

The tribespeople in Britain are the true Eco-Warriors.

Formerly, they might have been considered a sub-culture or a counter-culture; but this seems no longer the case. The moral ascendancy granted by their protection of the environment, suggests that what they actually represent is a Superculture. And it is emerging at a time when we have reached a historic crossroads.

In a democracy, laws are supposedly made for the people by the people - who are inextricably linked with the land. But, in this country today, legislation like part of the Criminal Justice Act is being introduced to curtail the activities of the landscape's protectors. Never has there been a time when transference of the reins of power has been more sorely needed. In response, out of the Superculture, has emerged the Land Reform Movement.

Tribal culture, however, is not restricted to the countryside; for in the cities, we also find new ways of being.

On the front-line, or in "rest and recreation", responding to the old pagan calendar, we find today's true heroes.

Robin Hood is alive and well in the late twentieth century.


Writer/director Alan Ereira, provides an introduction to Tribal Culture in Britain, while Josh of the Rainbow Centre in London provides an overview of the new tribespeople.

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