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By Many Photographers
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Location: New Zealand
Photographed in 2011

“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

As a polytheist culture, the Maori worshipped many gods, goddesses and spirits. Maori believe that ancestors and supernatural beings are ever-present and able to help the tribe in times of need. Myths are set in the remote past. They present Maori ideas about the creation of the universe and the origins of gods and of people.

Location: Nepal
Photographed in 2011

Most of the Mustang still believe that the world is flat. They are highly religious, prayers and festivals are an integral part of their lives. Now Tibetan culture is in danger of disappearing, it stands alone as one of the last truly Tibetan cultures existing today. Until 1991 no outsiders were allowed to enter Mustang.

Location: Kenya + Tanzania
Photographed in 2010

The Samburu have to relocate every 5 to 6 weeks to ensure their cattle can feed themselves. They are independent and egalitarian people, much more traditional than the Masaai.

Location: Rah Lava Island, Torba Province
Photographed in 2011

Location: Indonesia + Papua New Guinea
Photographed in 2010

They live in the virgin forests of the highlands. The Yali are officially recognised as pygmies, with men standing at just 150 cm tall. The Koteka, penis gourd (work by the men on each side of the image below), is a piece of traditional clothing used to distinguish indigenous identity.

Location: India
Photographed in 2012

For almost 1,000 years, the Rabari have roamed the deserts and plains of what is today western India. The Rabari women dedicate long hours to embroidery, a vital and evolving expression of their crafted textile tradition. They also manage the hamlets and all money matters while the men are on the move with the herds.

Location: Ethiopia
Photographed in 2011

“It’s better to die than live without killing”

Mursi warriors are marked with horseshoe- shaped scars on their bodies. Men are gashed on their right arms, whereas women are gashed on their left arms. Very successful warriors have their thighs marked.

Location: Siberia – Yamal
Photographed in 2011

“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”

Location: Kenya + Tanzania
Photographed in 2010

“Lions can run faster than us, but we can run farther”

Location: India
Photographed in 2012

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