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Ok, so you know about the Incas and the Mayans, and you have heard about the Maori and the Chukchi, but do you know about the Yali or the Samburu?The internationally renowned photographer Jimmy Nelson has traveled all over the globe for you to capture some rare people, places and things that otherwise you will not have the chance to see. Wyle implementing his most recent project, the photographer explored many remote regions and came back with photos of secluded tribes and interesting facts about their culture, livelihood and lifestyle and how they are threatened by the world outside.The project of the photographer Jimmy Nelson is called "Before They Pass Away" and its aim is to focus the attention on the large number of civilizations that are part of our world and possibly fostering a better appreciation for their social and cultural diversity.
This is a semi-nomadic tribe. Its ancestors lived in the zone between Siberia and the Black Sea and they used to travel throughout Western Mongolia with their herds.
The Samburu tribe traveled to northern Kenya some 500 years ago. Today they remain in the region, but true to their nomadic tradition, they are relocating every 5 to 6 weeks. The tribe relies mainly on cattle for its livelihood.
This interesting tribe lives in Papua New Guinea. They are known for the creating of elaborate wigs, which are fashioned from their own locks.
The Himba tribe occupies a region in northern Namibia, in a very hostile environment. They are living in the same manner since the 16th century.
Living in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, the Asaro tribe used to be isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. The people from the Asaro tribe cover their bodies in grayish mud, thus getting a ghostly appearance, which is believed to strike fear in their enemies.
The Yali tribe could be found in the Baliem Valley, part of the Jayawijaya Mountain range of Papua, Indonesia. When translated, the name means "Lords of the Earth". The people from the Yali tribe cherish similar traditions to other tribes coming from the Papuan region including rituals of gift exchange and polygamy.
The Rabari tribe used to live at the Iranian Plateau over a millennium ago, when their group migrated to the plains and deserts of western India. The men from the tribe tend to the herds, while the women were taking care of the village life and the handling of money.
The Maori tribe originates can trace back its origins to the 13th century. They led isolated life and had own well-developed culture with unique art, language, and mythology. In the 18th century the Maori got in contact with Europe, yet they still preserved their traditional way of life.
The Vanuatu tribe lives on the Vanuatu Islands, where they worship dance and ceremonies. The tribe takes part in the Toka festival, which is a symbol of the alliance in good faith between different indigenous groups.
Being descendants of nomadic and aboriginal Qiang tribes, the ethnic group of the Tibetans believes in many symbolic traditions and practices, which originate from the ancient shamanist Bon religion.
The Chukchi Tribe inhabits the Chukotka Peninsula and is the only native group based in Siberia that has never been conquered by the Russians. The Chukchi people have survived through pollution, weapons testing and destruction perpetrated by the Soviet Union.
The Kalam tribe occupies the highlands of Papua New Guinea. This is a small agrarian tribe, which uses masks, face paint and wigs to scare the other enemy tribes living in the area.
The Gauchos or the Free Spirits are nomadic horsemen living in different regions in South America. They first arose during the 18th century when they began hunting Cimarron cattle. Today they are threatened by the commercialized cattle trade.
The Tsaatan is a nomadic tribe which moves 5 to 10 times per year. It consists of reindeer herders who inhabit a remote subarctic boreal forest. The tribe of the Tsaatan currently consists of 44 families. The group fully relies on the dwindling population of the domesticated reindeer.
Great part of the history of the Loba tribe is connected with the cultural history with Tibet. Until 1991 no outsiders were allowed in Mustang. Thanks to the secluded history and lack of information, many of the Loba people still believe that the world is flat and that illness is caused by the evil spirits.
"Before They Pass Away" project of the photographer Jimmy Nelson is incredible, as it does a lot to show the world the existence of these tribes. For more information, you can check out the official website for the project here. In order to see more of Nelson's work, read his book where he presents the project in more detail.