Bangs is a role model for the rest of us, and not just because of his impressive credentials. 'Embrace the unknown,' he advises. 'Take risks. Don't be afraid of the dark. Get off the beaten path. Allow some terror in your travels.'
"We were victorious," our guide, who wears three stars on his shoulder, says, adding, "We have very powerful weapons. Though you in America are very far away, you are not safe... but don't be nervous."
The Trobriands were made famous by Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski, who studied them during World War I and wrote a classic monograph about the precocious sexuality of the islanders, The Sexual Life of Savages.
What happens when a group of film and television producers -- master modern storytellers -- travels to Africa, the cradle of Man and the source of all storytelling, on adventure? They find stories, some with an unexpected twist.