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

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

2. Kazakh, Mongolia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

3. Huli, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

4. Kalam, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

5. Goroka, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

6. Chukchi, Russia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

7. Maori, New Zealand

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

8. Gauchos, Argentina

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

9. Tsaatan, Mongolia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

10. Samburu, Kenya

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

11. Rabari, India

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

12. Mursi, Ethiopia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

13. Ladakhi, India

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

14. Vanuatu, Vanuatu Islands

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

15. Drokpa, India

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

16. Dassanech, Ethiopia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

17. Karo, Ethiopia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

18. Banna, Ethiopia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

19. Dani, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

20. Maasai, Tanzania

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

21. Nenets, Russia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

22. Himba, Namibia

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

The photographer Jimmy Nelson at work.

Jimmy Nelson / Before They Pass Away

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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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