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10/23/2013 (9 months ago)

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Startling, beautiful new book captures indigenous tribes in far-flung corners of the globe

Gaining the acceptance of people has been the key to British photographer Jimmy Nelson's work. His latest book, "Before They Pass Away" is a stunning collection of photographs of the world's vanishing tribes and indigenous peoples. It is hoped that the book will serve as a pictorial document about the diversity of human life found on Earth.

Nelson's journey took him across all five continents, from the mountainous region of Bayan Olgii in Mongolia, the Baliem Valley of Papua New Guinea and the wildest parts of southern Ethiopia.

Nelson's journey took him across all five continents, from the mountainous region of Bayan Olgii in Mongolia, the Baliem Valley of Papua New Guinea and the wildest parts of southern Ethiopia.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/23/2013 (9 months ago)

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Keywords: Jimmy Nelson, photography, book, tribes, Before They Pass Away


The Tsaatan (reindeer people) of northern Mongolia are a nomadic tribe who depend on reindeer for ne

The Tsaatan (reindeer people) of northern Mongolia are a nomadic tribe who depend on reindeer for nearly all aspects of their survival.


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Traveling widely as a young man, Nelson has spent the last three years photographing 35 of the most aesthetically beautiful and remote tribes in all corners of the world.
 
For thousands of years, the Tsaatan have survived the harsh conditions of the forested mountains, mo

For thousands of years, the Tsaatan have survived the harsh conditions of the forested mountains, moving their families and living in ortz (tepees).


Nelson's journey took him across all five continents, from the mountainous region of Bayan Olgii in Mongolia, the Baliem Valley of Papua New Guinea and the wildest parts of southern Ethiopia.

The Kazakhs are Turkic people originating from the northern parts of central Asia.

The Kazakhs are Turkic people originating from the northern parts of central Asia.


Nelson is careful to point out that the book is primarily a commercial project as opposed to some grandiose political statement. He is optimistic that the book will create a greater awareness of the beauty and individuality of the people around the world.

Life has changed very little for the tribes since the turn of the first millennium. They live a simp

Life has changed very little for the tribes since the turn of the first millennium. They live a simple life of hunting, gathering, raising cattle and growing sorghum along the banks of the River Omo.


"The essence of the project is to make people aware of how scarce their individuality is. Not to be patronizing, but to say this is what you are and to show them they have a value that is precious," Nelson says

The Omo tribes now share a mixture of monotheistic and traditional animist beliefs, resulting in wha

The Omo tribes now share a mixture of monotheistic and traditional animist beliefs, resulting in what is actually polytheism. In accordance with animist traditions, people believe that all natural objects, such as rocks and trees, have spirits.


"The world is changing and we're not going to stop it, but I hope in my own way, to encourage them not to abandon everything that makes them so individual."

The Huli Wigmen are famous for their tradition of making ornamental wigs from their own hair. There

The Huli Wigmen are famous for their tradition of making ornamental wigs from their own hair. There are a number of tribes in Papua New Guinea.


The similarities of the tribes that Nelson photographed was obvious. "From a social perspective they were the same," Nelson says. "The further you get away from civilization, the more people work as a family unit, the greater respect they have for the older generations and for each other. The further away you get, the kinder people are."

The Gauchos of Argentina are nomadic horsemen who have wandered the prairies since as early as the 1

The Gauchos of Argentina are nomadic horsemen who have wandered the prairies since as early as the 1700s. Their lives got increasingly difficult during the 19th century, as anti-vagrancy and other laws forced them further inland.


The next step for Nelson is to return to all the tribes he photographed and show them the completed book. He then intends to photograph a further 35 tribes in more politically unstable areas of the world where he would require special permission from authorities' help to get access.

The Himba are an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders, living since the 16th century in scattered s

The Himba are an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders, living since the 16th century in scattered settlements throughout the region of the Kunene River in north-west Namibia and south-west Angola.


The Himba women walk through the Namib Desert. The Himba wear little clothing, but the women are fam

The Himba women walk through the Namib Desert. The Himba wear little clothing, but the women are famous for covering themselves with otjize, a mixture of butter fat and ochre.


The people of Ladakh live in very high mountain valleys between the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges in

The people of Ladakh live in very high mountain valleys between the Himalaya and Karakoram ranges in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.



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