See These Rare Photos of 22 Indigenous Tribes Before They Disappear

Photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled the world to document the cultures of indigenous tribes at risk of disappearing. It took him over four years to complete his project and the result is the brilliant book “Before They Pass Away.”

The book contains visually striking documentation that aims to “celebrate the beauty of these cultures and their traditional ways of life.” Here are some of the photos of indigenous tribes he captured beautifully. Enjoy!

1. Asaro, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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2. Kazakh, Mongolia

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3. Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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4. Kalam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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5. Goroka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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6. Chukchi, Russia

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7. Maori, New Zealand

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8. Gauchos, Argentina

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9. Tsaatan, Mongolia

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10. Samburu, Kenya

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11. Rabari, India

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12. Mursi, Ethiopia

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13. Ladakhi, India

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14. Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands

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15. Drokpa, India

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16. Dassanech, Ethiopia

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17. Karo, Ethiopia

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18. Banna, Ethiopia

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19. Dani, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

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20. Maasai, Tanzania

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21. Nenets, Russia

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22. Himba, Namibia

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The photographer Jimmy Nelson at work.

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(Credit: Jimmy Nelson)

To learn more about Jimmy Nelson’s photo compilation, you can check out his book “Before They Pass Away,” which contains the complete collection of images from his journey.

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