Here's another idiotic fad of yesteryear (the early 1960s) — teenagers walking in the streets: "Not only do many students shun the sidewalks completely but they are walking four and five abreast, completely taking up one lane of the road."
Source: The Holland Evening Sentinel - Feb 21, 1963.
You know all those campy old films where explorers find a leopardskin-clad white woman ruling an African tribe? Well, while not quite the same, here's the story of Susanne Wenger, who gave up European life for Yoruban culture.
And given that Wenger was once quite a looker, maybe the Hollywood version is not so far off.