The world, so far, is made of diversity. Unfortunately, languages and traditions tend to fade away, as tribes or groups of people are assimilated or worse.
It is important that students of history explore all the tribal nuances, as within every continent, there is tremendous diversity.
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Photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled the world for years to capture amazing images of people who are members of more than 30 remote tribes.
He put them all in a giant book called Before They Pass Away.
Ankole-Watusi in the sunlight
East-African cattle: this photo comes from the Dinka collection by Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith – More photos
Natives of America, Canada & Alaska
Since 1492, European explorers and settlers ignored the vast diversity of the people who were already there before them and lumped all such groups under the term « Indian. »
Stereotyping Indians is denying the vast cultural differences between tribes. E.g. the issue of language: the Navajo people (Southwest) and the Cherokees (Southeast) have totally unrelated languages and over 200 North American tribes spoke over 200 different languages.
But lifestyles (domestic or not, hunting/fishing…), housing (wigwams, hogans, igloos, tepees or longhouses), governance, etc. varied greatly.
Mozambican traditional dancer of Xigubo & Nyau
My friends in Maputo organized a great event to discuss the place of Arts in our evolving world. There were of course some live events…
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