We often underestimate just how vast and beautiful the world really is. There are tribes and communities of people, with their own unique and shared traditions, in countries and regions that you might have never heard of. British photojournalist, Jimmy Nelson, shares stories of some of the world’s most isolated tribes through photography. He also helps to finance projects around the world that give these indigenous cultures a platform to share and celebrate their culture and stories.
5 Fun Facts has collected some of Nelson’s most stunning photos for you to see.
1. Huli widows in the Hela province of Papua New Guinea decorate themselves to resemble ghosts.
2. Chad is a land of stark beauty, unique pride, and deep colors.
3. For the people of the Chari-Baguirmi Region, beauty is important for men and women alike!
4. “Traditionally, women of the Marquesas Islands wear an ower on one ear to show their marital status: right for married, left for single.”
5. Even the children, like these kids from Mount Bosavi, can make an impression on you.
6. A gorgeous mustache is a real accomplishment for men from Rabari Tribe in India.
7. This feather headdress is part of the tribal clothing of the people of Papua New Guinea.
8. These facial tattoos are called Tā moko and are proudly worn by Maori men in New Zealand.
9. This boy is part of the Yali people of Indonesia.
10. The Kaluli people of Mount Bosavi wear white feathers from the cockatoos hunted by their ancestors.
11. Papua New Guinea is known for its warriors from the Kaluli tribe.
12. These clothes are worn for the Gerewol Festival by the Wodaabe men.
13. The Maori people of New Zealand have seen a blend of cultures…and really cool hats.
14. “The Wodaabe are animists, who associate spirits with natural phenomena.”
15. Here is a man from the Maasai tribe in Tanzania. His headwear is covered in beautiful ostrich feathers.
16. This proud hunter belongs to Yakutia, Siberia. They believe that being a good hunter means not only taking from nature, but also giving back.
17. India’s Ladakh people are said to have a culture similar to Tibet’s.
18. When it comes to appearances for Huli Wigmen, they often groom each other’s hair.
19. Nepalese clothing is influenced by the clothing in many nearby countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
20. This man comes from the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia whose culture is known for its wood carvings.
Bonus: In case you were wondering, here’s a photo of Mr. Nelson himself.
What are some ways you can think of to help share and promote the world’s hidden people? Let us know in the comments.