Right before the last climactic battle in Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa and the band finally make it to her childhood gang, the Vuvalini. After Furiosa talks to them, they approach the wives and without introducing themselves or anything and start checking their teeth, and pinching their supple skin.
Teeth checking, just like how "Keeper of the Seeds" did it to "The Dag" is a common trope of slavery in Hollywood films.
Is there any non-Western cultural way of looking at teeth-checking? Or possibly a movie it is paying a homage to? Any way of interpreting teeth-checking as anything other than a way to introduce a dominate-exploitative relationship?
I have since watched the deleted scenes, and noticed something ever more striking and potentially plot changing.
There is a scene revolving around that old lady from the Citadel (they seem to call her History, or something like that). She makes a comment about how their society is going to be overthrown, that "she is already on her way". And this scene appears as developed as the rest of the movie, so presumably we know this was part of the story until very late in the development.
There does not appear to be any alternative way of interpreting this scene but that from the very beginning the plan was to turn around and conquer The Citadel. It is also very obvious that the wives did not think this was that plan.