The Mentawai live deep in the jungle on a remote island off the coast of Indonesia -- a monogamous tribe where women are tattooed and sharpen their teeth. Their lives are dominated by the spirit world and male sikerei, or witch doctors, watch over the village.
Living with them for the next month is 38-year-old Andy Wraith. Andy is deeply-driven. Not happy with just being a dentist, she's also qualified as a doctor and an anaesthetist. She has run marathons, rowed for her university and fenced for Britain. But she realizes that she has a problem. In her cluttered and successful world, she seems to have forgotten herself. Amongst the Mentawai, high-flying Andy is adopted as a daughter of the tribe, and is forced to revaluate just what success means.
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?