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Diversity & Tradition

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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Remote tribes

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.

Before They Pass Away - Jimmy Nelson
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Ankole-Watusi in the sunlight

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

Natives of America, Canada & Alaska - diversity
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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

Mozambican traditional dancer of Xigubo & Nyau - diversity
By Fiona Wishman

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…

See also: Look at me, I am beautiful


Look at me, I am beautiful

J’ai empruntĂ© le titre « Look at me, I am beautiful » de ce billet Ă  l’un des projets ci-dessous. Chacun des paragraphes traite de l’identitĂ©, personnelle ou de groupe, et comment on peut la rattacher ou non Ă  un contexte, comme la guerre par exemple.


« HaabrĂ© veut dire â€˜Ă©crire’ en kĂŽ. On a Ă©crit sur nos visages

© Joana Choumali

[…] La scarification a longtemps fait figure de carte d’identitĂ© sociale. Elle marquait l’appartenance Ă  un groupe, Ă  une communautĂ© et vous plaçait sous leur protection. Elle servait de signe de reconnaissance mais aussi Ă  afficher un rang social. Montre-moi tes scarifications, je te dirais qui tu es


Look at me, I am beautiful

Through this project we are hoping to empower and help reintegrate women survivors of sexual violence into society.
A photo report to help bring positive awareness to the subject, a fashion project to attract and show they are capable… Look at me, I am beautiful is a project to help the forgotten women of Goma and of the DRC.

beautiful people - DRC

FR : Autopsie d’une photo – Viol de guerre : un projet photo contre les prĂ©jugĂ©s

Safe From Harm

North Kivu, eastern Congo, 2012

Safe From Harm - beautiful colors
© Richard Mosse

Richard Mosse has been awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014.

« Shot on discontinued military surveillance film, the resulting images register an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the jungle warzone in disorientating, psychedelic hues. The project attempts to find an alternate way of communicating what is a complex and horrific cycle of violence. »

Le Studio des Vanités

Mame Diarra Niang

Mame Diarra Niang from Le Studio des Vanités
© Omar Victor Diop

Exhibition @ La Maison de l’Afrique / Paris, 2014

Header: « Potty time » via 100Cameras, a non-profit in New York City, that works in partnership with organizations across the planet to give cameras and teach photography to marginalized children in these communities.

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