Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent the past three years exploring the most remote places on Earth to capture mindblowing photographs of the last surviving tribes on Earth. Though his work albeit with good intentions has come under fierce controversy for painting a misconstrued picture of these tribes naturally ‘passing away’ and glosses over the genocidal violence to which many of the tribes pictured are being subjected. The less fortunate story is of indigenous people struggling to survive amongst and economically obsessed ‘progressive’ society. Here’s 80 images from the full series that convey the kind of drama and emotion that testifies to the irrepressible human will to beautify.

The full photographic book ‘Before They Pass Away’ is on Amazon here.

ASARO TRIBE

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2010
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The legendary Asaro Mudmen first met with the Western world in the middle of the 20th century. For countless years, the Asaro would frequently apply their mud and masks and terrorise other villages with occasional early- morning visits.

“Individually the people are all very sweet, but as their culture is being threatened they’re forced to stand up for themselves.”
– Jimmy Nelson

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CHINESE FISHING TRIBE

Location: Guangxi, China
Photographed in 2010

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Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method using cormorants – a species of aquatic birds . To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird’s throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish.

 

 

MAASAI TRIBE

Location: Kenya + Tanzania
Photographed in 2010

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To be a Maasai is to be born into one of the last great warrior cultures. From boyhood to adulthood, young Maasai begin to learn the responsibilities of being a man and a warrior. The role of a warrior is to protect the livestock from human and animal predators and to provide security to their families. Through rituals and ceremonies, Maasai boys are guided and mentored by their fathers and other elders on how to become a warrior. 09 - YVWvSwm

“Lions can run faster than us, but we can run farther”

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NENETS TRIBE

Location: Siberia – Yamal
Photographed in 2011
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The Nenets are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula, thriving for more then a millennium with temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration of over a 1000 km includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River.

“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”

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KOROWAI TRIBE

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2010

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The Korowai are one of the few Papuan tribes that do not wear the Koteka, a penis gourd. Instead, the men ‘hide’ their penises in their scrotums, to which a leaf is then tightly tied. They are hunter-gatherers, living in tree houses. They adhere to strict separatism between men and women.

 

 

YALI TRIBE

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2010
They live in the virgin forests of the highlands. The Yali are officially recognised as pygmies, with men standing at just 150 cm tall. The Koteka, penis gourd (work by the men on each side of the image below), is a piece of traditional clothing used to distinguish indigenous identity.17 - 5LhS7qE

 

KARO TRIBE

Location: Ethiopia
Photographed in 2011
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The Omo Valley, situated in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, is home to an estimated 200,000 indigenous peoples who have lived there for millennia.
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The tribes here have always traded between each other, for beads, food, cattle and cloth. More recently, the trade has been in guns and bullets. Inevitably, as roads are made through the area, other goods like beer and food find their way into the villages.
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DASSANECH TRIBE

Location: Ethiopia
Photographed in 2011

The tribe is typical in that it is not strictly defined by ethnicity. Anyone can be admitted.
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HUAORANI TRIBE

Location: Argentina + Ecuador
Photographed in 2011
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For at least a thousand years, the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador, the Oriente, has been home to the Huaorani (meaning ‘human beings’ or ‘the people’). They consider themselves to be the bravest indigenous group in the Amazon. Until 1956, they had never had any contact with the outside world.

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VANUATU TRIBE

Location: Rah Lava Island, Torba Province
Photographed in 2011

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Many Vanuatu believe that wealth can be obtained through ceremonies. Dance is an important part of their culture; many villages have dancing grounds called Nasara. 40 - 0n0tOWb 39 - 6lbhjp6

 

LADAKHI TRIBE

Location: India
Photographed in 2012

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The Ladakhi share the beliefs of their Tibetan neighbours. Tibetan Buddhism, mixed with images of ferocious demons from the pre-Buddhist Bon religion, has been the principal religion in Ladakh for more than a thousand years.
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MURSI TRIBE

Location: Ethiopia
Photographed in 2011

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“It’s better to die than live without killing”

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Mursi warriors are marked with horseshoe- shaped scars on their bodies. Men are gashed on their right arms, whereas women are gashed on their left arms. Very successful warriors have their thighs marked.

 

 

RABARI TRIBE

Location: India
Photographed in 2012

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For almost 1,000 years, the Rabari have roamed the deserts and plains of what is today western India. The Rabari women dedicate long hours to embroidery, a vital and evolving expression of their crafted textile tradition. They also manage the hamlets and all money matters while the men are on the move with the herds.

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SAMBURU TRIBE

Location: Kenya + Tanzania
Photographed in 2010

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The Samburu have to relocate every 5 to 6 weeks to ensure their cattle can feed themselves. They are independent and egalitarian people, much more traditional than the Masaai. 57 - J8O1I2Q

 

MUSTANG TRIBE

Location: Nepal
Photographed in 2011

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Most of the Mustang still believe that the world is flat. They are highly religious, prayers and festivals are an integral part of their lives. Now Tibetan culture is in danger of disappearing, it stands alone as one of the last truly Tibetan cultures existing today. Until 1991 no outsiders were allowed to enter Mustang. 65 - m3S9Rcl

 

MAORI TRIBE

Location: New Zealand
Photographed in 2011

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“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

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As a polytheist culture, the Maori worshipped many gods, goddesses and spirits. Maori believe that ancestors and supernatural beings are ever-present and able to help the tribe in times of need. Myths are set in the remote past. They present Maori ideas about the creation of the universe and the origins of gods and of people.

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GOROKA TRIBE

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2011

77 - pDXN45N 76 - p0N88SALife is simple in the highland villages. The residents have plenty of good food, close-knit families and a great respect for the wonders of nature. They survive by hunting, gathering plants and growing crops. Indigenous warfare is common and men go through great effort to impress the enemy with make-up and ornaments.

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“Knowledge is only rumour until it is in the muscle”

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HULI TRIBE

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2010

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The indigenous groups fight over land, pigs and women. Great effort is made to impress the enemy. The largest indigenous group, the Huli wigmen, paint their faces yellow, red and white and are famous for their tradition of making ornamented wigs from their own hair. 82 - uxL26Go

 

HIMBA TRIBE

Location: Namibia
Photographed in 2011

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Each member belongs to two clans, through the father and the mother. Marriages are arranged with a view to spreading wealth. Looks are vital, it tells everything about one’s place within the group and phase of life. The headman, normally a grandfather, is responsible for the rules of the indigenous group.

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KAZAKH TRIBE

Location: Mongolia
Photographed in 2011

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The Kazakhs are the descendants of Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian indigenous groups and Huns that populated the territory between Siberia and the Black Sea. 91 - Q0w2XRY

The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of many traditions and skills that the Kazakhs have been able to hold on to for the last decades. They rely on their clan and herds, believing in pre-Islamic cults of the sky, the ancestors, fire and the supernatural forces of good and evil spirits. Here’s a fascinating video of the eagles hunting down wolves in Mongolia93 - TpJdY55

Thanks for reading. The full photographic book with more images of the last surviving tribes on earth – ‘Before They Pass Away’ is on Amazon here.

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  • JohnAbramson

    Great visual experience. Disappointing presentation.What Tribes? Where? When?
    Not one caption?

    • Hi John, appreciate your comment! If we added all the captions and tribe information there’d be no reason to buy the masterpiece of a book and support the photographer’s work. I’ve linked to his book at the bottom of the post.

      Thanks for reading

      • William Schriefer

        I think you could have provided a simple caption (geographic region and date) for each picture without driving down book sales. I think it might even drive them up. Without this basic info, I agree with John; this is disappointing at best.

        • Hi William, updated with captions now – take a look!

    • Rose Benitez

      Please do not tell where they are. There’s no need for anyone to know.

      • Kay J Callahan

        I agree with this. Don’t tell anyone. Leave them be. Leave one part of earth as unscathed as possible.

  • marc kal

    nice picture thanks for sharing.

    please feel free to check out my page:

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/18uLDr/:11fMvKaVj:nnQl3G@P/www.youtube.com/watch?v=oskG_bFLnfQ

  • Bryan Jongewaard

    I kinda like to use my imagination & try to guess where these amazing human beings would be from. Like Sam said quit whinning and buy his book then you will get all the captions you want. Sam, do you sell individual prints sutible for framing?

  • Tim Ervin

    You have the Maori listed as being in Nepal.Obviously an oversight, but certainly worth mentioning.

    • Tim Ervin

      Also, holy hell, that’s an expensive book.

      • Aha, thanks Tim! Refresh the page.
        Yeah Owen who runs the site with me bought it for around £35 18 months ago, so it’s certainly increased. You can view most of the information from the book here though: http://www.beforethey.com/tribes-journeys

  • It’s strange that still these ancient tribes are present in the 21st Century in several parts of the world.

  • Perves Sws

    amazing experience to view this picture

  • Sebastian Baars

    i come from new Zealand and the are 100% no native tribes still around

  • Kenneth Sands

    Where are the First Australian Tribes of Australia?
    They pre-date ALL of these tribes.
    I lived with Yolngu people from North East ArnhemLand and they still hunt and gather daily in extreme and remote bushland of the Northern Territory, just one clan group of many in Australia today.

    • Hi Kenneth, thanks for the comment. That sounds like a beautifully primal experience with the Yolngu! These images are of the tribes that photographer Jimmy Nelson has visited and explored himself. You can view a world map of the tribes he’s visited here: http://www.beforethey.com/tribes-journeys

    • Michael Brundle

      Hey Kenneth we are going up there for a big corroboree, a Yindi Bunggal which starts in a few weeks where the Yolngu people are celebrating a return of artifacts that they have not had in over a 100 years. The Yolngu mob have invited Lewis Walker who is representing the Bunjalung nation and as far we know it will be the first time a bunjalung man has been up that way. If you are interested have a look at http://www.earthwalkers.com.au for more info on the Journey! 🙂 Yoway

  • Andrew Johnson

    I was a bit dissaponted that there were no Australian indigenous tribes, I’m aboriginal and I know for a fact that we are one of the eldest tribes if not the eldest tribe in the world , should do some research on that but yeah was a good read tho very interesting.

    • See my comment to Kenneth below. Thanks for reading!

    • kmtominey44

      40 or 50,000 years as I recall.

    • Tia Elliston

      I agree, I am half Maori( Ngatti Paro) tribe and ( Koomurri) Aboriginal. Didn’t touch base on Maori tribes or the oldest and most ignored tribe in the world Aboriginal. HHmmmm, I hope you the Author is seeking to compensate the world’s natives with the wealth of your exploits.

  • Xaviant Haze

    Must be nice to have a budget to travel to all these places and take pictures for a book that costs a fortune to print let alone buy. These pictures show just how early man lived before aliens showed us the way

    • John Molina

      ayy lmao

      • Nick • Eyebone

        ayyyyy lmaoo

  • Неделина Дикова

    It was really interesting, it grabbed my attention, good job. 🙂

  • Bertan Ayduk

    Great effort and brilliant photo work. Thank you for the job.

  • Stephen Martin

    What do you mean “last surviving tribes”? That implies either the Navajo, Cherokee, Shawnee, etc., either aren’t “surviving” or aren’t actually “tribes”. People don’t need to be stuck in museum settings to still be who they are. Cultures change over time. Even these groups you have photographed haven’t gone completely without change.

    • AutorRaginmund

      I think meant is hear the distance of resent civilizations live. All American Natives a in geographical cages, or compleetly integrated

    • Erika

      I thought the same thing… Lovely photos though

    • Haha thanks for the comment @disqus_typ4zw3kxS:disqus. Well I agree with you, I suppose I could of titled it ‘Mindblowing images of ancient tribes undergoing the adaptation to western intervention which is inevitable because everything is impermanent’ but to get the gist of the subject across, I took the photographers own words, calling them some of the last surviving tribes from his book 😀

  • Niki Runge

    Very cool. One question though. Ecuador and Argentina are rather far from each other. Does the Huaorani tribe really live in both countries as was listed?

    • Hardie Karges

      Thought that myself, but actual pics said nothing about Argentina, so assume it’s a typo–no jungle there, 🙂

      • Ariel McNichol

        they must have meant to put the Guarani tribe in Argentina! Big boo boo.

    • Seems to be listed in both! http://www.beforethey.com/tribe/huaorani

      • Ignacio Azpiazu

        ‘Argentina + Ecuador’ is the name of that 10th trip they took. Click on ‘Go to journey’, to the right.
        Huaorani pics are from Ecuador. Nothing to do with Argentina.
        [From that ‘journey page’ you’ll see that from Argentina they selected the ‘gauchos’, which is like calling carriage drivers a tribe, but whatever.]

  • Iamderricklogan

    Beautiful images.

  • Heathyr

    Y’all left HUNDREDS of tribes out. That’s fine if you can’t get to them all, but don’t have the audacity to claim that the few you were able to photograph are “the last surviving.” They’re not. There are plenty more tribes surviving and thriving all around the world, despite imperialist efforts to exterminate them.

    • Thanks for the comment Heathyr, taking a look at the photographer’s website here (http://www.beforethey.com/tribes-journeys) it seems he is still working his way around the world. Though notably if you read the first paragraph I do touch on the controversial subjects around this work. I just watched ‘Embrace the Serpent’ last night, it explores the relationship between shamanic tribes and the western intervention – well worth a watch!

  • anna pitscheider

    apart from the quality of the photograph that is massive, i agree with the director of SURVIVAL that this approach is giving for granted that they need to passa away… and second, being a documentarist i see that all the people, or most of them have been dressed and combed in order to make a beauiful photo. there is a lot of western mind composition, setting up scenary that are composed to give us pleasure. they are not portraied as they are, with the beauty that is in the partial “no perfection” of their life. they are photographed with the full perfection of someone out of life already. is a dangerous exploitation of their soul, i believe. Sorry.

    • ben moore

      couldnt agree more… stunning photos but v controlled and orchestrated… a shame really as the result of the images is the exact opposite of what they’re meant to show

  • Hello

    I guess nobody minds assault rifles when they’re clutched by painted-up African dudes. And what a lovely motto, “it’s better to die than to live without killing.” Awesome.

    And in what way is all this supposed to be “spiritual”? It’s just the old “noble savage” number + orientalism.

    • Philip Heebsh

      Do you understand what the concept of an ancient culture is?

      • Hello

        Sure, but “ancient cultures” often have objectionable old sayings, traditions and practices. So do modern societies. I only mentioned it because this ancient culture-member (probably paid a buck or two by the photographer to paint himself up) was holding a fully-automatic assault rifle, also called a machine gun, a device made only for killing large numbers of human beings. We are supposed to be impressed by the “paradox” of seeing this machine-gunner with an old-school tribal paint job. What do you think he hunts with that machine gun? Here’s a hint: It ain’t prairie dogs. Please don’t be naive.

        • Philip Heebsh

          You’re missing the point. You act as if they have a civilization that in any way mirrors our own. Is there some central government that’s gonna step in and slap them with a fine? Are there regulators? Is there even a government at all? Probably not one that functions in any way you seem to be expecting/demanding. So what do you expect?

          • Hello

            It’s not about whether they’re “breaking the law.” And yes they actually have quite a strong government in Ethiopia. There is an emerging tourist industry, with foreigners paying big bucks for tours to see and photograph these exotically painted, gun-toting tribes. The tribes of course receive little. The situation is exploitative.

            The whole situation there is bad. Ethiopian tribes use these guns to massacre each other. Machine guns are not glamorous. Here is how these guns are used:

            “Last May, Ethiopian Daasanach tribesmen massacred a group of Turkana people. The latter were on their way home after shopping in the Daasanach area when they were attacked near the lake, apparently without provocation. Twenty-three Turkana were killed. “We were able to save 46 others,” Ochieng says. Likewise, in August, 14 Turkana women were shot to death when they went to the lake to fetch water. Afterwards, the Daasanach celebrated the massacre with a festival.”
            http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/growing-chaos-afflicts-broad-band-spanning-africa-a-822373-2.html

          • Louloudeschanel

            How many people have been killed by guns in the United States this year alone? Western nations have exploited indigenous peoples since they stepped foot in their lands, disenfranchising them, divorcing them from their lands and stealing their resources leaving only scraps.

          • Hello

            You apparently missed this, so I’ll post it again:

            “Last May, Ethiopian Daasanach tribesmen massacred a group of Turkana
            people. The latter were on their way home after shopping in the
            Daasanach area when they were attacked near the lake, apparently without
            provocation. Twenty-three Turkana were killed. “We were able to save 46
            others,” Ochieng says. Likewise, in August, 14 Turkana women were shot
            to death when they went to the lake to fetch water. Afterwards, the
            Daasanach celebrated the massacre with a festival.”
            http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/growing-chaos-afflicts-broad-band-spanning-africa-a-822373-2.html

            This is not resistance to oppression.

          • Louloudeschanel

            You are imposing your own ethnocentric beliefs and morals on another indigenous culture. Do you believe that (inter) tribal warfare would cease to exist without modern weaponry? Unfortunately, it is a human occupation to kill others for land and authority, irrespective of whether they use clubs, spears or machine guns.

          • Hello

            New Agers are silly!

          • Louloudeschanel

            I’m not sure what a “new ager” is? I am, however, a 45 year old indigenous (Maori) female who most likely shares many of the same beliefs that you do – we may disagree on a few as well. I share the same distaste for guns as you do and in a perfect world no one would have access to weapons. Unfortunately, it is in our nature to destroy that which we can’t control, dominate or possess. I truly wish it wasn’t the case.

        • Louloudeschanel

          All cultures adapt and evolve over time (i.e. not the ethnocentric definition of “evolution”), particularly those who have had been forced to due to colonialism. Adopting modern weaponry is merely an extension of this adaptation as many indigenous peoples were unable to compete with and protect themselves using traditional weapons. Hunter-gatherer and traditional societies should not be judged based on your own concept of “civilisation” or what you consider to be “right” (ethnocentrism). These societies have lived successfully for thousands of years, consuming less and causing less damage to the environments they inhabit – certainly much less than modern societies do. It is possible that some of these people were offered a tribute/payment or a gift in return for their time, why is this inappropriate? Why is it only alright to make these gestures to non-indigenous peoples, but not to indigenous peoples? Many (fourth world) cultures are being forced to adapt a non-traditional lifestyle due to the wanton lust from first, second and third world nations for land and resources. These cultures need to be protected.

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  • Emma Capp

    They are very striking images, The threat to these ancient and natural cultures is sickening and I just hope they are left alone by religion and greed. My only criticism is the “Indonesia + Papua New Guinea” reference.

    Most of these tribes look Papua New Guinean or West Papuan, which if it weren’t for interference by western countries, would be the same country. The issue of Indonesia’s brutal and continuing occupation of West Papua should not be given recognition in this way. The Papuan and Indonesian peoples are different races ad Indonesia has no right to their country in this modern day, they are committing a slow-motion genocide in West Papua.

  • Emma Capp

    I should have also said thankyou Jimmy Nelson for your amazing photography and the effort you went to to capture these images.

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  • Valchrist1313

    “It’s better to die than live without killing”

    Doesn’t bode well for the continuation of African tribes.

    • Afi G. Osakwe

      Maybe it’s a reference to killing colonizers and encroachers rather than living in slavery or being colonized. We don’t know the context. The quote looks foreboding when viewed with penetrating images. If that it is a resistance statement, then I overstand compeletly.

  • Eric Vulgate

    why do the goroka’s appear to be emulating western clowns? i can’t find anything addressing that.

  • brookse32

    “Fascinating” video of eagles being used to hunt and rip apart wolves in Mongolia? I call it disgusting, barbaric and cruel. Not all ancient traditions are noble or good.

    • Kristine Hyde

      no way did i watch that… :'(

  • Rob Martin

    Amazing just doesn’t describe it. Truly majestic photographs of the few remaining humans that live with the traditions and customs that pre-date our written history.

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  • Marta Alcântara

    They forgot the people of Sapa – Vietnam

  • Kittysafe

    Interesting book of photographs, not a complete listing by any means, but that is not necessary for the point.. but I don’t believe the book is encouraging us to ask the question that comes to my mind… which is, how noble and good are ancient civilizations who are still changed by guns and other modern tools, while clinging to narrow-minded segregation and superstition? We must ask, what is the purest life we can live, and for the highest good? And be prepared to let go of that which does not realize that potential.

  • oldCop

    I had to chuckle at the young man from the Samburu tribe and his digital wrist watch! Beautiful watchband however.

  • lousywithhumans

    These invasions, are war crimes, and they must be stopped.
    Edward Curtis was commissioned to travel America and take the last photographs of the Native American Indians before they were wiped off the continent
    He was tasked with recording the various tribes for posterity before their deliberate annihilation, murder, genocide at the hands of the people who commissioned the photos. They were about to destroy these Indians, but wanted pictures, for the record. It is abominable.

  • ColoMom

    Fascinating. So many thoughts. One is how many of the tribes paint their bodies. They are diverse & on different continents yet many paint their bodies. Brought up how civilized societies ‘paint ‘ our faces with makeup. And some could be said to do the same thing with tatoos. Very interesting. Some had bones thru their noses etc. We pierce our ears etc. Wow ! I hope the tribes remain untouched .

  • Simon Biddle

    this is the most miss lead article I’ve ever read, for starters i live in New Zealand, and i’m pretty damn confident the Maori’s don’t live as portrayed in this.

  • Maria garcia

    Well, I bet that some of this “surviving” tribes had to look up somewhere “ancestral war paint”. before applying it. And I for one, doubt very much that any self respecting member of the Karo tribe goes out with a yellow flower in his mouth. All this pictures looked like the they were taken out of Pirates of the Caribbean , episodes 1, 2,and 3, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the Mummy 3.

    The pictures are beautifully posed, composed, photoshopped, choreographed, and the subjects where probably all paid. Makes a great coffee table book, but don’t call it a historical record of the Lats surviving Tribes. Is something out of Disney World, I expected to see a gift shop nearby. A great way to make a living, I admit, setting up tribal fashion shoots.

  • Caleb Tonpi

    This is an amazing article thankyou for the amazing photos. 2 things though
    1. I agree there should be Indigenous Australians included.
    2. How you describe these tribes from Indonesia + Papua New Guinea is wrong. Papua New Guinea and Indonesia are not the same country. Beside 1 tribe being on the border of Papua New Guinea and West Papua all the tribes are from PNG. Indonesia is nowhere in this and us Papua New Guineans dont like to be associated at all with them. Free West Papua!!

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  • Dinara

    amazing pictures.. thanks for sharing.. Yet, one thing is worth correcting: people living in Mongolia are referred to as Mongolians.. Kazakhs are not a tribe, they represent a completely separate, yet, ethnicallly related, nation and reside in Kazakhstan.. 🙂

  • Wooya

    Ecuador – Argentina? That is quite strange location definition, as in between there are Peru, Bolivia and Chile…

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  • Deniz

    awesome share however kazakhs are a turkic ethnic group and differ with mongols.

  • Suniti Khastgir

    Noticed you didn’t cover the Jarawa , Onge , Great Andaman, Hangul and Sentinese . The latter having no contact with civilisation.

  • Nofearorfavor

    Magnificent portrait photography — humans are so lovely all so different and unique in their own way! I missed the Aborigines– they’re fascinating too –maybe in the book … I think this journey must have been too amazing for words — definitely this album of last surviving ancient tribes on the planet contributes greatly to adding to and perpetuating the record of Humankind’s history.

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  • Carola Adolf

    …. and not one “white” tribe????

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  • Josh

    Amazing photographs

  • SAM POTTER

    THESE PHOTOS ARE SO VERY FASCINATING… THANK YOU FOR SHARING, ITS IMPOSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE TO CAPTURE “ALL” THE CULTURES OF THE WORLD, BUT IM GRACIOUS TO SEE INTO THESE SELECT TRIBES THANKS TO YOUR WORK. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  • Ash

    It’s so strange to see things like this that make you stop and think. Sometimes we forget how good we have it.

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  • Lynn Smith

    I appreciate the efforts involved to travel the world, meet tribal persons, share stories, and spend hours photographing their lives…..It’s about documenting and sharing…..who cares what may or may not be in this book….it’s a beautiful slice of life on this planet….before it’s truly gone….and we are dust.
    And last, like my mom used to say, “If you don’t like what is cooked, then invite me to your kitchen”!

  • wow! this is a great share… your clicks are quite beautiful. these travel photos with stories behind each of them give a great insight of how people are enjoying and living their wonderful lives around the planet.
    Pooja
    Colossalumbrella

  • Susan d Cody

    I really enjoyed these photos .. It’s so interesting how the different tribes dress and mark themselves..absolutely beautiful..Thank You !