There is so much yet to discover about the human race. Just when you thought you cannot be surprised to see another human way of living, there comes a movie featuring the last surviving tribe on Earth.
And it simply blows your mind. Whether you watch it on TV or on photographs, it cannot compare to the real experience of having to see the tribe in live.
Jimmy Nelson is one lucky man. As a photographer, he explored the most remote places on Earth in the past three years only to discover what was left of the tribes.
He took inspiring photos of the last remaining tribes on our planet. You are also lucky to experience closely a piece of his story.
He is sharing 80 photos with you where you can look at these indigenous people. Although he only had good intentions, his work was often allegedly connected to controversy because he didn’t pay attention to all of the genocidal violence in these tribes.
Anyhow, his work is certainly admirable. You can also find the full book with photographs called ‘Before They Pass Away’ on Amazon.
This tribe is mastering fishing with the use of the aquatic birds cormorants. In the picture you can see that the fishermen have tied a snare close to the base of the bird’s throat, which will stop the bird from swallowing big fish.
People survive the cold winters with minus 50°C and the summers with 35°C. Their survival includes a crossing around 48km in length of the frozen waters of the river Ob.
This tribe has been recognized as pygmies, as men are 150cm tall. In the image below you can see the Koteka, which is a traditional clothing worn as identity. The tribe lives in the virgin forests of the highlands.
The Maori tribe is polytheistic., which means they worship many gods, goddesses, as well as spirits. These people have a belief that their ancestors and the supernatural elements are always near and present, and if they are in the need of them, they will help them.
This tribe is divided into several indigenous groups, who fight over pigs, women, and land. They really want to make a good impression on their enemies. One of the largest of these groups is the Huli wigmen.
They have a tradition of making ornamented wigs from their own hair and they also paint their faces white, red, and yellow, as you can see from these pictures.
As you can see in the following picture, eagle hunting is one of their traditions for many decades. In terms of their way of living, they believe in pre-Islamic sky cults, fire, supernatural forces of good and evil spirits, and they rely on their clan and herds.
This tribe is notorious for applying mud and masks on their faces and then terrorizing neighboring villages in the early morning part of the day.
This is one of the greatest warrior cultures among the tribes. Young boys are taught the responsibilities of being a warrior and a man very early. The Maasai have a role as warriors. They must protect their livestock from animal and human predators, and also keep their families secure.
Maasai boys are mentored and guided by their own fathers and other elders through ceremonies and rituals, in which they learn how to become warriors.
This tribe does not wear the Koteka, like the Yali tribe, but they conceal their penises in their scrotums, where they tightly tie a leaf. Living in tree houses, they hunt for a living and are strictly separated in terms of men and women.
They think of them as the bravest among the tribes in the Amazon. Their first contact with the outside world was in the not so distant 1956.
The Rabari tribe have walked in the deserts of today’s Western India for thousand years.
The women in this tribe love embroidery, which is a part of their textile tradition.
Surprisingly enough, most of these people believe that the world is flat. They are believed to be the last part of the real Tibetan culture, as they are very religious, having festivals and prayers all the time. Outsiders were not allowed in Mustang until 1991.
Living in the highland villages, these people have a lot of quality food, and respect for the nature that surrounds them. They live a simple life, hunting, growing crops, and gathering plants to survive.
The last tribe has its people belonging to two clans, through the mother and the father. They enter marriages that are previously arranged so that they can spread their wealth. Their looks tell about their position and their phase of life.
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