Insect tribe catches the Weston bug

INSTEAD of hunting crocodiles and wild boar, members of The Insect Tribe from Papua New Guinea have been enjoying the sights of Weston

INSTEAD of hunting crocodiles and wild boar, members of The Insect Tribe from Papua New Guinea have been enjoying the sights of Weston.Steven Gudara, aged 32, his wife Delma, aged 25, and one of the tribe's elders, James Yawona, aged 52, are staying with the Tanner family in Weston for a week while they are filmed for a channel Five documentary.TV presenter Donal MacIntyre visited The Insect Tribe last year and has now returned the favour by inviting members of the tribe over to England.The visitors have been staying with Mark and Alison Tanner and their two children Rebecca, aged 15, and Patrick, aged 11, of Howitt Way.Mark, aged 48, works at Brunelcare residential home and Alison, aged 43, is an exam invigilator at Worle Community School and the family regularly has French and German exchange students staying at its home. The Tanners have taken their guests for a walk on Weston seafront, enjoyed fish and chips, played hockey, been 10-pin bowling to celebrate Rebecca's birthday and, on Wednesday, they went to watch a dance show.Donal MacIntyre also took the trio to the London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and out on a pheasant shoot. They also enjoyed a full English breakfast.James said: "It's very interesting. It's so different from home. It's very cold and there are lots of buildings. Everything in Weston is very beautiful and I'm so happy to be see lots of different things."The Tanners are very nice, they are part of our family now."I would like to live in England because there are many cars and I'd like to live in one of the beautiful buildings, but the problem is it's very cold. It also costs a lot to live and there are a lot of fumes from cars and factories."Life in Papua New Guinea is very different. There is no electricity and the women's role is to fish for food while the men hunt crocodiles and boar and make canoes, which is the main form of transport.Men are allowed more than one wife and Steven is married to three women and has four children.Alison said: "It's been amazing, although being filmed is quite surreal. They have a great life and we'd love to visit them, they are really lovely people. We jumped at the chance to have them. I thought we'd never have an opportunity like this and we've learned so much from them."The programme is due to be shown on Five later this year.


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