Thanks to technology, our world is becoming smaller every day, but despite the rapid pace of advancement, there are still some indigenous people around the world who manage to preserve their ancient way of life, language, and traditions. English photographer Jimmy Nelson travels the globe to meet these unique tribes and brings back incredible photos. For more, visit his website: beforethey.com
1. Huli – Papua New Guinea
The Huli Wigmen paint their faces yellow, red and white, combining them with ornate wigs they make from their own hair and don intimidating-looking axes, to frighten rival groups.
2. Kazakh – Mongolia
A semi-nomadic people, the Kazakhs travel the valleys and mountains of Western Mongolia since the 19th-century. Famous for using eagles to hunt, the Kazakhs managed to retain this tradition for decades.
3. Rabari – India
Rabari men are herdsmen, spending most of their days tending to the herds. The Rabari women remain in the village and invest much of their time creating intricate embroidery, managing the small villages and handling all of the financial responsibilities.
4. Gauchos – South America
“Gaucho” literally means ‘cowboy’. These nomadic horsemen are considered to be the free spirits, which are bound to their horses. These horsemen roam the prairies in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Southeastern Bolivia, Southern Brazil and Southern Chile, hunting wild cattle.
5. Hamar – Ethiopia
Hunters and gatherers, the Hamar live in the Omo Valley, located in the Great Rift Valley of Africa. They engage in trade with other local tribes, bartering beads, cloth, cattle and food. The people of the Hamar were influenced by Evangelists and Islam, practicing a mixture of both, along with Traditional African Animism.
6. Vanuatu – Vanuatu Islands
The 85 Vanuatu Islands have been settled around 500 BCE. The Vanuatu believe that wealth can be obtained through ceremonies of dance, called “Nasara”.
7. Nenet – Russia
The temperatures in the Yamal peninsula range between -50°C (-58°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in summer. This is the home of the nomadic Nenets, traditional reindeer hunters. They migrate along a route of over 1000Km (621 miles), including a 48Km (30 miles) cross of the ice-cold waters of the Ob River.
8. Drokpa – India-Pakistan border
Different group from the local Indian and Pakistanis, the 2,500 Drokpas are a unique ethnicity in the region. They have been practicing traditions that are not common in the region, such as public kissing and wife-swapping.
9. Samburu – Kenya
Indigenous to Northern Kenya, the Samburu are nomadic, moving with their cattle from one feeding ground to another. These interesting people are very independent and more egalitarian than other local groups.
10. Mustang – Nepal
The Mustang did not allow any outsiders to enter their lands until 1991. The people are very religious, practicing a faith that is similar to early Buddhism and most hold the belief that the Earth is flat.