Forty-six-year-old Karen Morris-Lanz stays with the Waorani, one of the world's most isolated tribes, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. Once known as 'the savages,' they have a fearsome reputation. But behind this formidable façade is a way of life unchanged for centuries.
Ten years ago Karen, a mother of two, walked out of a violent marriage. Now she is a successful business woman and a workaholic. But she has invested so much time in work and her children that she has lost sight of just who she is. As she immerses herself in tribal life, hunting wild boar and swimming in piranha-infested rivers, the tribe believe they may have found Karen what she really needs -- a Waorani husband.
About TRIBAL WIVES
In Tribal Wives, six women get to grips with new lifestyles, families, and communities in some of the world’s most remote tribes to find out whether 'West is best.'
The women are expected to spend up to a month living with their new families, fully immersing themselves into their new culture. Each woman must work, eat and sleep exactly as the other tribal women in order to experience what it is really like to live as a member of their community.
In turn, the series reflects on the tribe's perception of Western culture and garners their views on their visitors: members of the tribe are interviewed each week to assess how well each woman is integrating into the community, how useful she is, and the strength of the individual relationships she forges. It is a very personal journey as each of the women battle to overcome their own personal demons -- from a former alcoholic to a woman struggling to balance work and life.
Crossing continents to some of the most remote places in the world -- from jungle to desert -- viewers follow the progress of each tribal wife to see if she is accepted by the community. Will she rise to the challenges thrown at her -- or will she simply miss her Western lifestyle too much?