British Tanganyika, 1923.

The following is part of an unpublished manuscript written by Nigel Buckley, English anthropologist (pictured below). It details his travels through the territory and his fateful meeting of an uncontacted culture with strange customs.

Upon coming back to England, Buckley would spend 5 years working on his book. His story of the Jamu people would draw criticism from experts. “It is preposterous” said anthropologist Alfred Haddon “This young man should go write fantasy novels, since that is what he is good for”.

After the backlash his publisher cancelled the release of the book and it never came out to the public. Very few copies survive to this day.

The Jamu people he describes have not been contacted again, but rumors of their existence are still heard in the area.

Sources: A dusty box full of pictures and documents; Library of Congress; Met Museum; Ian Stutton, Udo Schmidt and Katja Schulz on flickr; Anaxibia on Wikimedia; NSW State Library.