Before They Pass Away: Candid Photos of Authentic, Awe-Inspiring Tribal Warriors.

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What do we have in common with indigenous tribal peoples?

They don’t use computers or shop at the supermarket or listen to pop music or take yoga classes. They are the epitome of fierce.

Still, as Buddhism teaches, they—just like us—seek happiness and seek to avoid suffering. Although our language, culture, behavior and traditions are drastically different, maybe we have more in common than we think?

The website and project Before They Pass Away portrays 29 indigenous tribes featured in the stunning photographs on the site (and in the companion book).

A few years ago, photojournalist Jimmy Nelson had a dream:

“In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever.

Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.”

He achieved it. And the resulting art is nothing short of amazing.

Warning: you may get lost in a tribal time-warp dream world upon perusing this site.

 

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Michelle Margaret is a heart-centered writer, teacher and creator of Yoga Freedom. Her home base since 2012 has been Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands where she lives with her husband, daughter and fur family. Michelle has published this column on elephant journal for over 8 years and has also written a few inspiring books. She incorporates yoga, dharma, hatha, yin, mindfulness, chakras, chanting and more into her teachings and personal practice. Join Michelle on Retreat at Lake Atitlan!

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anonymous Jan 16, 2014 6:05pm

Wonderful photos! I am interested in the tribes in 19 and 20. Could you say more about them?

anonymous Jan 16, 2014 3:03pm

I am interested in photos 19 and 20!! What tribes? Their location? Loved this!

anonymous Jan 16, 2014 5:14am

Absolutely stunning, we need to protect these tribes and our World, we could learn so much from them

    anonymous Jan 16, 2014 12:14pm

    Right?! Thanks for reading and commenting, Jen.

anonymous Jan 15, 2014 11:04am

Beautiful photos

    anonymous Jan 16, 2014 12:13pm

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Maria!