Lost Tribe

You've got an ethnic group, pretty much hunted to extinction. But they're not all dead. Enter these guys, the lost tribe. Goes hand in hand with Always Chaotic Evil, Always Lawful Good, Schizo Tech, and Planet of Hats. Also seen with Last of His Kind.


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    Anime and Manga 

  • The B-movie Mexican Blow has Indians from north of the Rio Grande who migrated to southern Mexico to escape the white man and speak English so they won't be tricked by the white man again. All the Indians are white, but the main character is a Mighty Whitey too.


    Live Action TV 
  • The titular lost tribe in the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Lost Tribe".
  • The Goodies: In "The Lost Tribe of the Orinoco", the Goodies go in search of the eponymous lost tribe and find it in a most unexpected location.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The lost tribes of Israel are the Trope Namer. Either in The Bible or The Book of Mormon. Mormons believe that American Indians are descended from Jews.
    • More accurately, descended from Manassites who lived in Jerusalem. Europeans are mostly descended from Ephraim, so most people in the Americas are from Joseph.
  • In New Age beliefs, American Indians are aliens.

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    Real Life 
  • The Nazis considered the Sioux, Japanese, and Tibetans to be Aryans. Only the Sioux rejected the label.
    • Actually, they only considered the Japanese "honorary Aryans". It was fully expected that when they didn't need each other anymore, the two nations of Proud Warrior Race Guys would go right back to considering the other absolutely inferior.
  • Lost tribes of Native North American are found all the time. They live like modern people and are really not all that different.
  • Perhaps the best example of this trope in real life is the Sentinelese tribe, which may very well be the most isolated group of indigenous people on earth. They live on North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, and violently reject all attempts at contact, shooting at all outsiders with arrows. Because of that, we know next to nothing about them, including their customs, language, and how they live. The last attempt at contact was made in the mid 1990's, and since then, they've been left alone, and it's very unlikely that will change anytime soon.
  • Previously unknown offshoots of the Jewish diaspora show up every decade or so.
  • The Other Wiki has an article on the subject.