Powerful Photos Of Vanishing Indigenous People Across The Globe


The Goroka, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

In our days, modernization, climate change, globalization and many other factors have provoked the diminution or even the extinction of a great part of the indigenous people of the world. Fascinated by the indigenous tribes, British photographer Jimmy Nelson, shelved a successful career in order to begin a perilous journey that would lead him to meet and document the last remaining indigenous people of the world. From the tropical Amazon rain forests of Ecuador to the frigid tundras of Siberia, and from the land of cattles in South Argentina to the spiritual India , Nelson spent significant time with each native culture, living the way the did and trying to collect their habits, traditions and values. Shot with a 50-year-old plate film camera, Before They Pass Away project is a priceless heritage for the generations to come as well as a source of inspiration and admiration for these unpolluted people who keep going with the old ways, respecting the nature and their traditions.

Nelson, in an interview in FeatureShoot, said : “There is a pure beauty in their goals and family ties, their belief in gods and nature, and their will to do the right thing in order to be taken care of when their time comes. They know what makes them happy and they choose to live that life ” and he continued “I want to show these tribes that they are already rich, that they have something that money can’t buy. I would like to demonstrate to them that the Western modern society is not as pure and inspiring as their own culture and values and therefore it is not something to necessarily aspire to.” Looking at these photos, the assumption that humanity is most present in these tribes rather than the developed world, is more certain than ever.


The Chukchi, Siberia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Huaorani, Ecuador. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Rabari, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Asaro, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Mursi, Ethiopia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


Gauchos, Argentina. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Himba, Namibia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Huli, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Ladakhi, India. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Kazakh, Mongolia. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Kalam, Papua New Guinea. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Maori, New Zealand. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.


The Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands. © Jimmy Nelson BV Courtesy teNeues.

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