Studs Terkel discusses the Ik tribe as described in "Mountain People" with author and anthropologist Colin M. Turnbull ; part 1
Mar. 15, 1973
A generation ago, the Iks displayed the human values of devotion to family, caring of the elderly, young, sick, and compassion for human suffering. With the loss of territory and increasing population coupled with limited mobility, the Iks suffered a reversal of compassion and in order to survive became mean, despicable, and inhumane. Examples are drawn from Turnbull's book, "Mountain People" as discussed with the author. Comparisons of the Iks to United States society are drawn.