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.
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Editor: Bryonie Wise
Photo: teNeues Publishing