‘Survive the Tribe’ Episode Guide (July 31): Hazen Navigates the Ecuadorian Jungle

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‘Survive the Tribe’ Episode Guide (July 31): Hazen Navigates the Ecuadorian Jungle

“Rainforest Masters” (07/31/14) – Forging through the dense jungles of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Hazen Audel joins the Waorani Tribe, where he must learn to live off nothing more than the invaluable tools found in nature.

To survive the life-threatening dangers of the jungle — venomous snakes, stealth predators and the frighteningly real possibility of getting lost in the forest labyrinth — Audel must master the Waorani’s incredible ability to navigate this lush and treacherous land. Along the way, he has close encounters of all kinds with the incredible creatures that call the Amazon home.

Learning to manipulate plants into sharp knives, construct and shoot a blowgun with poisonous darts, and scale the thinnest trees with bound feet, Audel is ready to join the tribe on an extraordinary hunt from forest floor to canopy with a surprisingly emotional end.

When it comes to enduring dense Amazonian jungle or the unrelenting Kalahari Desert sun, it isn’t modern technology but ancient know-how that can mean the critical difference between life and death. Reading a single, broken blade of grass … echoing a subtle animal call – these are tribal survival skills refined over centuries and mastered over a lifetime. In places where survival depends on bonding with a majestic golden eagle or interpreting the movements of constantly shifting sea ice, it’s time to leave domesticated life behind to Survive the Tribe.

National Geographic Channel’s “Survive the Tribe” tracks wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel as he journeys to some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places, immersing himself into local cultures to learn survival skills that have kept tribal people alive against the odds for thousands of years. He has 10 days to study each tribe’s skills before taking on the toughest tribal challenges that will force him to the very limit. In order to survive, Audel must rely on natural instinct, ancient wisdom and a high tolerance for drinking cow’s blood.

Along the way, Audel experiences first hand the incredible perseverance, rugged beauty and amazing fortitude that only come from living on the edge. In Survive the Tribe, he must build shelters, construct weapons and forge metal using the skills imparted to him from tribal elders before joining traditional hunts that have been an integral part of the tribes’ survival for generations.

“Survive the Tribe” is produced for National Geographic Channel (NGC) by Icon Films. For Icon Films, executive producers are Harry Marshall and Laura Marshall, and the series producer is Nicholas White. For NGC, executive producers are Kevin Mohs and Carolyn Payne; vice president of production and development is Noel Siegel; and executive vice president, programming and strategy is Heather Moran.

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