I don’t know perfect princesses, just a little… I know a little bit about them. I’ve learned how to climb all the trees.
I’ve learned that… in Africa. So when I grow up and I’m not a baby anymore, I can do everything! And on top of that, I’m going to become Tarzan! ♪ ” Hoo hoo, magical and evil fishes.. ” ♪ ♪ ” Hoo hoo, magical and evil fishes.. ” ♪ ♪ ” Hoo hoo, magical and evil fishes.. ” ♪ This is my dad! Father: Hello Tippi ! Tippi: Hello mommy! This is my mommy! Mother: – Hello my love! ♪ I’m the king of the swing ♪ ♪ Oh, the jungle is at my feet ♪ ♪ Of power, I am at the highest ♪ ♪ And yet I must envy you ♪ Everyone wants me to tell them
about my life, all the time… And I’m tired of explaining it to them. They live in the anxiety of cities. Me, I live in nature. I love heat and I hate the cold. For this, you have to go to Africa, first! It’s far, very far.. in the clouds, at the other end of the world. That’s where I was born! Me, I couldn’t have been born in France! If I’d been born in France, I wouldn’t have lived with the animals. Since I was a little girl, I’ve been on holiday! I was on a holiday trip in Africa,
with mummy and daddy! Them, they never hurt animals! They take pictures, make films
and books about animals. Me, I know the animals well. But you have to be careful because
not all of them are nice. As a father, the exceptional
thing I see in Tippi.. is that sort of disproportionate energy that she has.. and that allows her, indeed,
to make contact. Like with this leopard Jenbee, etc. which I can’t have as I need to
build a cage to take pictures or to film her But she has this control which is a kind of mix of innocence and energy. For me, the most impressive animal is Jenbee. A dangerous leopard. There you go, he can gobble up a man entirely and he loves women and little white girls! Man: Tell me how you can be friends with the leopard. Tell me your secret. Man: Come on, I told you my secret, tell me yours! Tippi: – Well … I pet him and then we become friends then we play together, several times and become real friends! Man: But why does he let you pet him? I’m sure if I meet him, he’d want to eat me! Tippi: Because you need children. He doesn’t eat children. Children that can’t fight get eaten Me, I know how to fight! So… I know what to do. But I don’t want to fight! Man: – You just have to show
that you don’t want to fight? Tippi: You just need to not move No big gestures, no stick,
just not a knife or a rifle, nothing! You just sit down, and he’ll see you don’t want to hurt him, and that you’re not afraid of him. Jenbee! Come on! Here! Jenbee! Come on! Jenbee! Come on, Jenbee! He wanted to play with me, because I was chasing away the flies and helped him get some air, took care of him! He knows now that I’m not afraid of him! I should be careful because he’s a lot stronger than me. When she finds her context, she’s got to be in control of things and events etc. I think it’s her main strength. Tippi: – It’s vast! I’ve never seen that! Me, I know the nature, I know the paths and I know where I’m going. I never get lost. Never, never. It’s the power, it’s the Magic! I’ve got no friends here as I never see other children. My friends are animals. It scratches her. Where it’s soft, so she doesn’t hurt herself! I need to remove all the pebbles She’s going to hurt herself! She’s digging faster than me… We shouldn’t kill animals. If we kill them, they won’t ever be any again.. and it would be very sad. We won’t be able to take pictures of them again! They’re not afraid of pictures, but of rifles! They know they’re going to get killed, that way! But I don’t kill animals! I’m a child. I’ve got no weapons! Nothing! A child in the jungle. Those who are very scared and don’t know what to do… ..they kill animals. Tippi: There are 3 Giraffes that I tamed. One looked at me, then the other two! They are already my buddies! Lions, on the other hand, can’t look at me! Certainly not, they want to eat! Father: Yes, yes.. Man: What’s that power of yours? Tippi: It’s Power.. All the power than can tame animals and protect them so they don’t get
hurt by snakes or lions. It can protect everything! The magic spell is to think of the God of Animal’s Love so that they don’t die. To protect everything, the sun, the sea… every light that exists… God protects! Tippi: Where? Ah yes, I see them! I see them with the binoculars Mother: Look Tippi, Ostriches Tippi: – The male is chasing the Ostrich! To kiss her, to make love to her! Tippi: Oh yes , we can see them, 3 , 4 … Mother: Look at this herd Tippi! Tippi: Wonderful! All animals are wonderful! Tippi: Mom, I want to go and caress them!
Mother: They are beautiful! Mother: Cape weaver’s nests are here Tippi!
There are thousands of birds! Tippi: You know, birds can go very far to the end of the world! Tippi: I don’t see any herds Mom! Tippi: Hum, it smells like elephant. Mother: Does it smell like elephant? How does it smell? Tippi: Well… elephant’s poop! Tippi: There’s a lot. It’s a herd! Mother: Don’t move at all Tippi. Tippi: But I want to be comfortable! Father: Don’t move Tippi, just don’t move Tippi.. Tippi: It’s wild! Father: Do NOT move.. Father: There’s one coming… Maybe they’re going to say hello to each other Mother: It’s amazing! Look at them! Tippi: They want to kiss each other.. Tippi: Go Daddy! He wants to charge us! Very dangerous! Get out quick! Father: You know Tippi, now we’re going North At the very north-west end of Namibia It’s called Kaokoland. The Himba people, their wealth comes
from goats, cows and bulls. They’ve got no money! When we arrive at the Himba’s, I become like them! Because there’s not much water, they have to pump it from the well, so the goats, cows and bulls can drink! Because they’re thirsty ! When there’s no water, no grass, when there’s nothing to eat in the village, they walk very, very far before they reach a river, where there is food and water… and when they are done, they come back
to the village with all the food ! They milk the cows, drink the milk, eat the meat. Their clothes are made out of animals. They eat the meat, cut the skin away,
and make clothes with it. The Himbas arranged a party for me! They love children and are really nice with me! They covered me in magic powder
so that I become a real Himba! After that, everyone put some makeup on especially the women and the little girls! Men, on their side, sang and played music. The magic powder smells bad, and it’s all red! It smells like goats! It’s made out of stones, magic stones, found in a secret cave… We’re partying, they’re applauding me, inventing songs! and I’m dancing in front of everyone ! But only the women are dancing, not the men! It’s really nice! They really are magnificent people. Father: – Look Tippi, all the jackal’s tracks.. Tippi: – Jackals got themselves thorns everywhere ! Father: – Yes, look at these, they get into your feet. Father: – Look how sharp they are! Father: – Oryx sometimes get them stuck
under their hooves and they don’t like it at all! – It is just like you, the soles of your mocassins
aren’t thick enough … and when you walk on it … Tippi: – It hurts! Father: – Very, very much! So I’m going to carry you. Father: – We’re going to follow the jackals – They’re going to lead us… .. to the cheetah. Tippi: – Do they want? Father: – I don’t know, we are going to see. Tippi: – Hey look the jackal is coming! – They showed us the direction! Right? and now we can follow him… – You see, it’s the jackal that leads the way now! – Follow the path, will you?! Father: – Let’s see the jackals over there… – Let’s go! Father: – Look how beautiful he is.. Tippi: – Yeah, the one with a big belly, there’s a baby in there! – Rigth? Daddy? Father: – A female? Tippi: – The one with the big belly is a female and the male is this one! – You see? – That’s his wife. – There are also some male cheetahs. Father: – We’re going to try and get as close as possible – It’s not going to be easy, because they’ve already spotted us… – They’re already on alert, they saw us… but we’ll try anyway.. Tippi: – You see? The secret of cheetahs Father: – Is it there? Tippi: – Yes! Father: – You see, they gather here.. – They always have a tree, where they gather, from here they can see far .. and they leave marks all around! Tippi: – To mark their territory! – They climb up the tree
and leave scratches everywhere.. – Look! there’s a big one up there. Father: – And this one is beautiful. Tippi: – I’m going to show you something else…
Father: – There’s another one? Tippi: – I’m going to show you… – The Tree of the Heart, Sidereal center. Father: – Oh my… Tippi: – Daddy we’re getting there! Father: – Here we are Tippi,
at the heart of the Bushmanland. – We’re going to meet your friends again, the Bushmen! Tippi: – We’re going to settle our camp beside them! Father: – Close to a water point. This is my river! I’m going to fish, for example with a stick, thorns and bread! If there are fishes! In this water there’s got to be fishes. Father: We’ll put it here We’ve spent more time living in the Bush,
in very difficult situations, than the Africans usually do. With the exception of Bushmen! And she’s fascinated by them, because they possess an extraordinary science
of nature, elements, etc. And so, Tippi was introduced very young to the Bushmen,
that taught her – I think – certain things… It seems like she knows their language,
don’t know what she understands, and what she doesn’t. Maybe it’s just vibes. Or the way they act in general. But I think she’s really learned a lot from them… The sorcerer chose a place close to a Baobab Because he knows how to find the right place so that the bad spirit of evil isn’t around. We’ll help them build a house. To do so, we take branches from a tree, put them under the earth, and then we put grass over it all. Well, what do we want for Tippi ? Happiness ! So, we’d like her to follow that path,
because she would certainly be very happy of it. And she’s way more equipped than we are,
since the beginning. Bushmen don’t have matches to light a fire! They very strongly rub two sticks together,
and then, it makes fire. Bushmen are always laughing. They do theatre for children. They imitate animals, and act crazy to make the children and women laugh. Tippi: – They are a family, living in the Great Cycle of Life. Mother: – Oh, really? Tippi: – And I am part of this great Cycle of life too,
because I am a Bushman. Mother: – And how could you be a Bushman?
Tippi: – Because I have my clothings! – I am entirely like them! – But they’re not the same colour as me, – But me, but me… – But me… I’m still… white! – Because I can’t become black. You always have to offer something,
when you’ve got new friends. So I’ll offer the Bushmen an Ostrich egg ! I took only one egg, because the ostriches need the others, and there’s enough for the whole camp. It’s a great gift for the Bushmen because
they like ostriches eggs a lot ! With an ostrich egg, we can make a giant omelet! We can make necklaces, bracelets, anything we like! Mother: – So, once you’ve read the words in the column,
you invent a sentence, with all these words. – Go on! Tippi: – Ok, very quickly! Right?
Mother: – Do it very quickly then! – You know what to do, build sentences with the words! Tippi: – They’re coming! They’re coming! Mother: – Who?
Tippi: – The Bushmen, the children! – No, I don’t want to wait! Mother: – Tippi! Tippi: – They are coming! They are coming! – Should I go? Mother: – Do you want to?
Tippi: – Yes! Mother: – Go on then! Tippi: – Is it ok? In order to eat, we have to pick onions and roots. Because of heavy rain, there are no wild animals around. The hunters couldn’t bring anything to eat. But my pals are really strong! They know all about nature! Even the children help me to recognise the plants. They know more than 200. Tippi: – We dig.. we dig very deep – We already did that with my friend Tuï.
The Bushman hunter. – And then we cut it with a knife. They do have knives! – But no forks, they only have knives. Mother: – So there must be a lot of birds if they… Tippi: – There are millions of them!
Mother: – Really? Tippi: – There are millions, hundreds!
80 millions of birds! Mother: – If there are too many birds, that’s bad!
So it’s fine for the Bushmen to eat nestlings! – So there will be less adult birds that will eat the grass.. Tippi: – Otherwise there would be 50 millions of birds! – There will be too many! It would be a disaster!
Nothing to eat anymore! – And as the rain doesn’t fall much,
there will be nothing left to eat! – All the animals would die
and nothing left to eat for the Bushmen! Mother: – Exactly!
Tippi: – Nothing… Nothing… Tippi: – We take the baby birds to feed
my Bushmen friends. Tippi: – Well, that’s why we have to eat them,
you understand? – And then we pierce their ass, like that! – We take out their doo-doo. All of that, we don’t eat it. – But the nestlings, we keep them
and put them into the fire and when they’re all dry, they…. eat them! Mother: – And you? Did you eat some?
Tippi: – Yes! Mother: – Is it good?
Tippi: – Delicious, it’s meat. Life with the Bushmen is only happiness, Only games, bursts of laughter… They’ve got no orders, no hierarchy, no chief. It’s only tenderness, poetry and innoncence. With the children Bushmen, we play a lot! But what I prefer is playing in the water,
because I love it! They need nothing. So putting Tippi in contact with the Bushmen
is an extraordinary teaching. They possess the language of nature, They speak to the Wind , the Moon, the Sun,
the Sand, the Herbs, to the Animals.. You have to know that a Bushman
puts himself very low in nature’s hierarchy. For him the hyena is more important than him
or so is the jackal. And they have dialogues with every
living thing in this environment. So it’s obvious that nobody can teach Tippi,
so many things, with so much wisdom and magic! With the ostrich’s eggshell, we make all the jewels. With a big rock, we cut it into a circle, with a stick , we make a hole. We pick some strings,
so we can make bracelets and necklaces. The Bushmen taught me how to do all that. Today , with my friend Tuï,
I’m going to learn how to use my bow and arrows. Then, we’ll all go hunting together. Hunting is tiring because you have
to walk for a very long time… Even when we don’t catch anything to eat, we make fire, tell each other stories, and laugh! The Bushmen are magic, they speak with the Moon! Now is the full Moon party! And tonight every Bushman is going to dance. I like being with Bushmen, they scream,
they sing while dancing and the way they dance is funny. At first, they dance normally,
and then they become crazy. From the Bushmanland in Namibia,
we’re going to continue across the Kalahari desert in the direction of the Okavango Swamp,
the Okavango Delta, in Botswana. And there Tippi will meet her other friend,
her great friend: Abu the Elephant. Tippi: – It’s Okavango Daddy! Father: – It’s a river which, instead of leading to an ocean,
goes to a desert, so it’s got no destination. – And then it evaporates. – It takes months to get there.
4, 5, 6 months… sometimes less! -It’s rained a lot this year, so it fills faster.
That’s the reason why the water isn’t clear.. – But when it’s full, the water will stabilize,
and it will be crystal-clear. Tippi: – Like a diamond?
Father: – You’ll see 3 or 4 meters deep Father: – We’ll be able to see the crocodiles,
they’re everywhere around here! Tippi: – Everywhere? Everywhere? Father: – Yes, if you plunge into the water now…
Tippi: – Yes? Father: – Well, you know what could happen? Tippi: – They’d gobble me up?
Father: Yes! Father: – Though, Hippos,
if we see one, we give way to him. Tippi: Alright! Tippi: – And if we see crocodiles, what will they do?
Father: – Nothing, we just watch them Tippi: – Are crocodiles edible? Isn’t it good to eat?
Father: Yes! Tippi: – Can we eat one?
Father: – Yes, of course, but we’d have to catch it first… Tippi: – Daddy, a crocodile ! Father: – Here’s the most dangerous place.. – And when you get closer to the bank,
it jumps out of the water to catch the goat, the antelope, or you! Tippi: – And then how am I after that, as a skeleton? Father: – A skeleton at the bottom of the river,
that’s for sure! Tippi: – Hippopotamuses are funny. – They fear nothing. – He’s like the president, he’s the boss of nature. – He is the one who commands!
He is the boss of the nature: it’s the Hippo! Father: – Look Tippi, up there, a Fish Eagle,
let’s use the fish! Tippi: – He’s got it! He’s got it so fast! Tippi: – Is Abu around here? – I want to see him so much! – I can’t wait, I’m going Mommy! Tippi: – Abu! Hello! Abu is my own brother, my elephant brother. – Come Abu, come! – I’m having fun with him, this… extraordinary animal! Mother: – He’s so big, how can you play? Tippi: – He won’t step on me,
he’s being careful, he sees me! Mother: – But where do you sit? Tippi: – There, on his neck ! Mother: – And where do you put your feet,
he’s got big ears! Tippi: – I put my feet in his ears ! – So I can’t fall! – Everybody does that ! Mother: – Does he always stands still
when you try to climb? Tippi: Yes! I started with a rope, and then without ! Tippi: – I wasn’t even holding on to anything! – I didn’t fall, even with my arms in the air,
even if was running! Mother: – So he was walking with you on top of him? Tippi: – Yes! But I had to cling on to him when
he was sitting or standing. – I was clinging on to his ears. – And I was seeing everything from up there! Mother: -You were seeing all the animals?
Tippi: – I was seeing very far, I could see every bird…. – It was nice. Tippi: – It’s nice and comfy ! Mother: – You get a lot of air!
Tippi: – Yes! But… but he’s really hairy! Mother: Oh, really? Mother: – You can’t tell an elephant is so
hairy when you see him. Tippi: – Yes, he’s got short hair! Mother: – How does it feel ?
Tippi: – But it scratches. Mother: – It does?
Tippi: – But it doesn’t scratch me, because I’m used to it. Tippi: – It’s feels soft to me.
Mother: – Maybe his neck is the softest part of his body. Tippi: – Yes, but no the rest, it scratches, it hurts! Tippi: – But I’ve got a friend who climbed on the elephant’s ass! Mother: – Really? Tippi: – Well, that was more dangerous,
I felt like he was going to fall anytime. Tippi: – We played, splashing water around with his trunk!
Mother: – Really? Tippi: – With his foot and trunk, he can splash water.
Or he can pump it and throw it back at me ! Tippi: – And I splash water at him too! Mother: – And does he like water? Or it bothers him?
Tippi: – He loves it ! It’s a game! I was very nice during the shooting of the film. I was a bit fed up with it, it’s true, but I had to obey, otherwise the film would have been lousy… I did it so that everyone can see me on tape,
that way, I won’t have to explain anything to them ! ♪ I’m Tippi,
Tippi from heaven ♪ ♪ I’m Tippi,
the little girl from Africa ♪ ♪ And I live in Namibia,
Playing with my friends ♪ ♪ Who are all animals,
because there aren’t many children there.. ♪