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The world’s most endangered tribes: portraits from all over the world capture the beauty of indigenous people

A series of stunning portraits of indigenous tribes around the world has been released by a British photographer to highlight the threats they face in the modern world.

Jimmy Nelson, 52, captures the raw, natural beauty of tribespeople adorned in traditional clothing, many with elaborate face paint and extraordinary headdresses.

Nelson traveled through Kenya, Ecuador, Thailand, Sudan, China and Papua New Guinea for the project.

He said: ‘I find it amazing how close you can get to people without talking to them.

‘We speak different languages, but that doesn’t seem to matter. We are all the same.

“It’s about being open to the world, without judgment, no basis and nothing but love for other places and other people.”

A woman from the Zapotec tribe in Mexico. Their civilization dates from around 2500 BC and they were conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century. Today about one million people belong to this cultural group

A woman from the Marquesas island tribe from northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A woman from the Marquesas island tribe from northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A woman from the Zapotec tribe in Mexico (left) dating from around 2500 BC. And was conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century. The Zapotecs were once one of the most important civilizations in the region. Today about one million people belong to this cultural group. On the right you see a woman from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their enemies in the past

A woman of the Muchimba tribe in Angola, a semi-nomadic people, who mainly lives in the border region of Angola with Namibia, on the dry Kaokoveld plateau in the Cunene region

A woman of the Muchimba tribe in Angola, a semi-nomadic people, who mainly lives in the border region of Angola with Namibia, on the dry Kaokoveld plateau in the Cunene region

A female member of the Huli tribe in Papua New Guinea who wears a thick net of fabric and her face is painted white; people fight for territory and pigs and are known to put a lot of effort into their costumes to scare the enemy

A female member of the Huli tribe in Papua New Guinea who wears a thick net of fabric and her face is painted white; people fight for territory and pigs and are known to put a lot of effort into their costumes to scare the enemy

A woman of the Muchimba tribe in Angola (left), a semi-nomadic people, who mainly lives in the border region of Angola with Namibia, on the dry Kaokoveld plateau in the Cunene region. To the right is a female member of the Huli tribe in Papua New Guinea who wears a thick net of fabric and her face is painted white; people fight for territory and pigs and are known to put a lot of effort into their costumes to scare the enemy

A man from the Huli Wigman tribe in Papua New Guinea, where tribal battles for territory and pigs are still common and warriors use elaborate face paint and costumes to frighten their enemies

A man from the Huli Wigman tribe in Papua New Guinea, where tribal battles for territory and pigs are still common and warriors use elaborate face paint and costumes to frighten their enemies

Abril Martinez Hernandez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders

Abril Martinez Hernandez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders

A man from the Huli Wigman tribe in Papua New Guinea (pictured left) where tribal battles for territory and pigs are still common and warriors use elaborate face paint and costumes to scare their enemies. Abril Martinez Hernandez, from the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico, is well depicted. Her tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders

A man from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A man from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A man from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A girl from the Mir tribe in India. Many of the Mir community women live in the northwestern state of Gujarat, a dry, arid province bordering on Pakistan. Just like many other nomads in India, they are now established. This mainly Muslim group wears self-embroidered jewelry and intricate, handmade clothing and line their eyes with charcoal

A girl from the Mir tribe in India. Many of the Mir community women live in the northwestern state of Gujarat, a dry, arid province bordering on Pakistan. Just like many other nomads in India, they are now established. This mainly Muslim group wears self-embroidered jewelry and intricate, handmade clothing and line their eyes with charcoal

A woman from the Mir tribe in India. Many of the Mir community women live in the northwestern state of Gujarat, a dry, arid province bordering on Pakistan. Just like many other nomads in India, they are now established. This mainly Muslim group wears self-embroidered jewelry and intricate, handmade clothing and line their eyes with charcoal

A woman from the Mir tribe in India. Many of the Mir community women live in the northwestern state of Gujarat, a dry, arid province bordering on Pakistan. Just like many other nomads in India, they are now established. This mainly Muslim group wears self-embroidered jewelry and intricate, handmade clothing and line their eyes with charcoal

Women of the Mir tribe in India. Many of the Mir community women live in the northwestern state of Gujarat, a dry, arid province bordering on Pakistan. Just like many other nomads in India, they are now established. This mainly Muslim group wears self-embroidered jewelry and intricate, handmade clothing and line their eyes with charcoal.

A girl from The Longhorn Miao tribe in China who wears impressive headwear made by wrapping woolen strands around a large horn-shaped wooden comb. The headgear was originally made from ancestral hair to keep them close, and they would be preserved for up to four generations

A girl from The Longhorn Miao tribe in China who wears impressive headwear made by wrapping woolen strands around a large horn-shaped wooden comb. The headgear was originally made from ancestral hair to keep them close, and they would be preserved for up to four generations

A woman from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad. They belong to the Fulani ethnic group, which are spread over at least ten North African countries

A woman from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad. They belong to the Fulani ethnic group, which are spread over at least ten North African countries

A girl from The Longhorn Miao tribe in China (left) wearing impressive headwear made by wrapping woolen strands around a large horn-shaped wooden comb. The headwear were originally made from ancestral hair to keep them close. On the right, a woman from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, is spread over at least ten North African countries

A boy from the Bardi tribe in Australia who lives in harmony with the nearby ocean, providing them with a variety of food

A boy from the Bardi tribe in Australia who lives in harmony with the nearby ocean, providing them with a variety of food

A member of the Sadhus tribe in India (pictured left). Sadhus (meaning “good men”) are devout Hindus who wear orange clothing that represents the color of the fire in which they have burned all their possessions to be reborn symbolically like a sadhu into a new life. A boy from the Bardi tribe in Australia (right) who lives in harmony with the nearby ocean, providing them with a variety of food

Wen Yunqing of the Langde Miao tribe in China known for their extravagant silver jewelry, which is an expression of wealth, but also warns to offer protection against evil spirits. The headpiece alone can take a few months

Wen Yunqing of the Langde Miao tribe in China known for their extravagant silver jewelry, which is an expression of wealth, but also warns to offer protection against evil spirits. The headpiece alone can take a few months

A man from the South-Chinese Biasha Miao tribe in Guiyang province where a small number of extremely remote and traditional villages can be found

A man from the South-Chinese Biasha Miao tribe in Guiyang province where a small number of extremely remote and traditional villages can be found

Wen Yunqing (left) of the Langde Miao tribe in China, known for their extravagant silver jewelry, which is a token of wealth, but also warns to offer protection against evil spirits. The headpiece alone can take a few months. On the right is a man from the South Chinese Biasha Miao tribe in Guiyang province, where a small number of extremely remote and traditional villages can be found

A man from the Q'eros tribe in Peru, the last Inca community in the country living in Qochamoqo, almost 4,400 meters above sea level

A man from the Q'eros tribe in Peru, the last Inca community in the country living in Qochamoqo, almost 4,400 meters above sea level

A woman from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries

A woman from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries

A man from the Q’eros tribe in Peru (left), the last Inca community in the country living in Qochamoqo, almost 4,400 meters above sea level. Pictured on the right is a woman of the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries

A man from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A man from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A man from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A man from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

Members of the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia. The constantly fighting tribes are said to have cannibalized their ancient enemies

A boy from the Korafe tribe in Papua New Guinea who loves singing and dancing and decorates himself with feathers, face paint and necklaces

A boy from the Korafe tribe in Papua New Guinea who loves singing and dancing and decorates himself with feathers, face paint and necklaces

A boy from the Korafe tribe in Papua New Guinea who loves singing and dancing and decorates himself with feathers, face paint and necklaces

A girl from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia

A girl from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia

Sonam Choden of the Buddhist Sharchop tribe an Indo-Mongoloid people comprising most of the population of eastern Bhutan, in the Himalayas,

Sonam Choden of the Buddhist Sharchop tribe an Indo-Mongoloid people comprising most of the population of eastern Bhutan, in the Himalayas,

A girl (left) from the Marquesas island tribe in northern French Polynesia, which was destroyed by European invaders, mainly due to diseases such as smallpox that wiped out 98 percent of the population. Sonam Choden (photo on the right) is from the Buddhist Sharchop tribe in Bhutan, an Indo-Mongoloid people that covers most of the population of East Bhutan

A girl from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries

A girl from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries

Jan Erke from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

Jan Erke from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A girl from the nomadic Wodaabe tribe in Chad (left) who belongs to the Fulani ethnic group, spread over at least ten North African countries. Jan Erke (right) comes from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A man with an eagle from the semi - nomadic Kazakh tribe in Mongolia

A man with an eagle from the semi - nomadic Kazakh tribe in Mongolia

A woman from the semi-nomadic Kazakh tribe in Mongolia

A woman from the semi-nomadic Kazakh tribe in Mongolia

Members of the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who populated the mountains and valleys between Siberia and the Black Sea. The ancient art of eagle hunting is one of the many traditions and skills that modern Kazakhs still practice and believe in cults of heaven, ancestors, fire and the supernatural powers of good and evil spirits

A woman of the Mwila tribe in Angola, an agricultural culture that keeps animals such as chickens, goats and cattle

A woman of the Mwila tribe in Angola, an agricultural culture that keeps animals such as chickens, goats and cattle

A man from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who still practices the ancient art of eagle hunting

A man from the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who still practices the ancient art of eagle hunting

A woman (left) from the Mwila tribe in Angola, an agricultural culture that keeps animals such as chickens, goats and cattle. Pictured on the right is a man of the Kazakh tribe in Mongolia, a semi-nomadic people who still practices the ancient art of eagle hunting

A man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The trunk lives closely with nature and names are given to individual trees and streams as if they were people

A man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The trunk lives closely with nature and names are given to individual trees and streams as if they were people

A man from the Korafe tribe in Papua New Guinea who loves singing and dancing and decorates himself with flowers, feathers, face paint and necklaces

A man from the Korafe tribe in Papua New Guinea who loves singing and dancing and decorates himself with flowers, feathers, face paint and necklaces

A man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea (right). The trunk lives closely with nature and names are given to individual trees and streams as if they were people. On the right is a man from the Korafe tribe, also in Papua New Guinea, who loves to sing and dance and adorn himself with flowers, feathers, face paint and necklaces

Diana Angela Martinez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders

Diana Angela Martinez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders

A man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The trunk lives closely with nature and names are given to individual trees and streams as if they were people

A man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. The trunk lives closely with nature and names are given to individual trees and streams as if they were people

Diana Angela Martinez (left) of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders. On the right you see a man from the Kaluli tribe in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea who lives closely with nature and names individual trees and streams as if they were people

Jose Javier Martinez Lopez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico.

Jose Javier Martinez Lopez of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico.

Tehuanas from the Oaxaca tribe in Mexico dating from 2000 BC. Its people still make up 48 percent of the population in the region

Tehuanas from the Oaxaca tribe in Mexico dating from 2000 BC. Its people still make up 48 percent of the population in the region

Jose Javier Martinez Lopez (left) of the Chichimeca Jonaz tribe in Mexico. The tribe was part of an alliance that fought and won the Chichimeca war (1550-1590) against the Spanish colonial invaders. Tehuanas (right) is from the Oaxaca tribe in Mexico dating from 2000 BC. Its people still make up 48 percent of the population in the region

A man from the Latmul tribe in Papua New Guinea

A man from the Latmul tribe in Papua New Guinea

A man from the Latmul tribe in Papua New Guinea

A man from the Latmul tribe in Papua New Guinea

Men depicted from the Latmul tribe in Papua New Guinea who are best known for their art, mansions, male initiations and elaborate totemic systems. The tribe attracted tourists and adventurous travelers after being featured in the 1988 documentary Cannibal Tours

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