The Foundation follows the advice of qualified specialists for the identification
of ‘forgotten peoples’. Surveys are entrusted to well-known ethnologists
or students in search of an unusual subject for their doctoral thesis (upon
recommendation by a university professor).
Initially, researchers will spend approximately a month in the field to familiarize
themselves with the ethnic group studied. They will then have several months
to prepare a second two- to three-month field stay. They will have a year to
present their research with the purpose of a short publication.
Researchers will be free to include their work in a dissertation or a doctoral
Many peoples, scattered all over the world, have never been studied by
ethnologists, anthropologists or qualified historians. After field studies carried out among the Gan of Burkina Faso, the Wan, Mona and Koyaka of Cote d’Ivoire, the Kalasan Batak of Sumatra (Indonesia) and the Anir Islands in southern New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), the Foundation took an interest in the Songsarek Garo of Meghalaya in northeastern India, the Tabiteuea Island in the Gilbert Islands (Micronesia), and the Na of Lijiazui living at the border between Sichuan and Yunnan in China. Surveys were also carried out among the Sudanese Jiye, in the Altai Republic (Siberia) and among the Bati of Seram Island in the Maluku Archipelago in Indonesia.