Living Tribes

Living Tribes

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
The award-winning photographer shares the images she took of indigenous people from all over the world, including the Berber, Heraro, Turkana, Masai, Aborigine, Lisu, Bhutanese, Talti, Toraja, Khampa, and Inuit, among others, highlighting the rituals and customs that make these tribes special. 10,000 first printing.

Firefly Books Ltd
A portrait in photographs and text of fifteen uniquely individual tribes that have retained their identity in the face of globalization.

A stunning photographic record of the world's endangered peoples and wild places.

The western world and its consumer-goods culture dominate almost all of Earth. But Living Tribes captures in images the peoples whose lives, traditions, and culture have remained unchanged for millennia. These cultures hold vital knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation through artwork, handicraft, and storytelling. Essential to tribal life are its age-old rituals and customs.

Colin Prior and his camera were allowed extraordinary access to the daily routines and special rites of 15 tribes.

From Africa

  • Berber
  • Himba and Herero
  • Turkana and Samburu
  • Masai

From Asia

  • Lisu and Padaung
  • Bhutanese
  • Ladakhi
  • Khampa
  • Balti
  • Toraja

From Australia

  • Aborigine

From North America

  • Inuit

The dignified and beautiful photographs capture the universal essence of humanity and the sweeping majesty of our environment. Informative introductions explain the cultural context of the images -- how tribal cultures evolved and the various threats to their existence.

This book is a tribute to humanity's relentless spirit to survive and thrive even in some of the most hostile conditions on Earth.

Book News
Photographer Prior presents 125 large color photographs of tribal minority groups from Africa, Australia, Asia, and North America. Fifteen individual tribal groups are covered in all. Accompanying text offers brief discussions of the tribes' histories and cultural practices. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Toronto : Firefly Books, c2003
ISBN: 9781552977460
Branch Call Number: 779.93058 Pri
Characteristics: 191 p. : col. ill


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Mar 31, 2010

Asian people covered at about page 94-95.

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