50 fascinating facts from Indigenous and tribal peoples from around the world

Tribal societies are extraordinarily diverse and there’s a lot to learn from them. Here are 50 facts from Indigenous and tribal societies across the globe…

Two Karo boys above Ethiopia’s Omo River. © Survival
A Baka girl in Republic of Congo © Survival
Dongria Kondh women. © Jason Taylor/Survival
A Zo’é family relaxes in a hammock they made from Brazil nut fibres. © Fiona Watson/Survival
The Chenchu have a reciprocal relationship with the forest, based on the respect for the cycles of nature and the responsibility for future generations. Their customs dictate that they should never take more than they need or waste anything. © Survival
A Marma mother and son sitting outside their home. In the last 60 years, the Jumma tribes have gone from being practically the sole inhabitants of the Chittagong Hill Tracts to being almost outnumbered by settlers. © Mark McEvoy/Survival
Botswana Bushmen, Kalahari, Kua tribe © Forest Woodward/Survival
The Guarani use urucum dye of the annatto shrub to paint their faces and bodies during festivities, Brazil. © Fiona Watson/Survival
Sapinawa man. © Channel 4/Ronachan Films

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