When we bring up tribes, we tend to think of them as an object of the past. We learn about ancient tribes and their cultures in school. Much of modern fashion is inspired by tribal patterns and designs. Musicians, DJ’s and composers get their inspiration from tribal music and instruments. Even if we are to notice how many beautiful pieces of our modern world stem from groups of people who lived in ways much different than ours, it almost never crosses our minds that tribes exist today.
Our history books only tell us of ancient tribes because history is a part of the past. However hidden deep in forests and mountains are collections of people, tribes, and clans that live in a way you didn’t expect in the 21st century.
Contrary to our belief, tribes are not a thing of the past, they are very much alive and well. Photographers and reporters make their way into parts of nature that seem to have been untouched by modern innovations. Some tribes are only a few hundreds of miles away from a busy city, yet they preserve their culture. Of course, the two world, modern and tribal, cannot help but feel a crossover.
Tribe members are exposed to the gadgets, weapons, and artificially flavored snack foods people carry around into the places they live. However, even with knowledge of an “outside”, they prefer to stay in. Their clothing, makeup, and rituals all seem like an exhibit in an art museum. Vibrant colors and flowy cuts surround their bodies while makeup and beaded jewelry embellished them.
The photographers who had the chance to capture the unique culture and beauty of these living tribes offer us a glimpse into what their lives are like. When you see the photographs its difficult to believe they were taken so recently. It’s as if the photographers went back in time, got some good shots, and came back with evidence. Each photo is nothing short of breathtaking.
Here are the modern tribes that exist in our time period that you didn’t know about.
1. Bhutan, 2016