Wednesday January 22, 2014, 9:58 am
I have studied some of these cultures when I was in college. I wish the so-called higher societies would just leave them alone and let them live their lives as they see fit. But no, society has to interfere and "bring them up" to modern standards, bringing with it diseases and contamination of all sorts. Just like the white man contaminated native American cultures.
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 10:51 am
Losing these living cultures would be a real shame and we would lose a glimpse into our own past. True freedom is allowing these cultures to live as they choose. Preserving these cultures, also preserves the environment, so we all win. In a greed driven, free market society, there is no room for indigenous cultures or even wildlife...not so evolved after all.
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 11:40 am
I thoroughly agree with everything you 4 said, they are a beautiful people & should be left alone in their cultures & natural environments to thrive, not brought up to our standards so they can die off! It's a shame that we never learn from our past mistakes though so we know the outcome of this story already. For them I'm so sorry!
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 1:38 pm
I really hope that they could outlive the Euro/American culture and their cultures could thrive. I hope that this would not change their purity, but I worry that it could. Thank you Christeen for a glimpse at some beautiful people.
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 2:52 pm
Gorgeous photos and I must concur with what the others have said, or what Evanola stated so well in the first comment. She did such a remarkable justice to this news story.
This reminds me of Edward Curtis whose goal was not just to photograph, but to document, as much American Indian (Native American) traditional life as possible before that way of life disappeared. In doing so Curtis made wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music. He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes.
He recorded tribal lore and history, and described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only written recorded history although there is still a rich oral tradition that documents history.
These ancestors that were documented have now allowed the various tribal Nations today to bring back some of their traditional dress, ceremonies, and language. It is slow going once something has been lost; surrounded by Dominant Culture. But we can be thankful for Edward Curtis for having done such.
No it doesn't look good for these tribal people and I envy their freedom for once they are introduced and taken over it brings all the poverty and despair along with it. This man, may at least be hold for their offspring photos to show the way it was, and perhaps they too can claw back their lives taken from them.
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 3:24 pm
If it were not so many got damn people we would be able to have tribes and animals will be used humanely and global warming wouldnt be...so many things would be different....in those times everything was different now is about MONEY thats it..no love no peace no respect and no harmony...
Wednesday January 22, 2014, 7:42 pm
Fascinating photos of fascinating peoples. They should be left alone to continue in their unique and individual ways of life without intervention from outside. Being unique should be something to celebrate.
Thursday January 23, 2014, 3:09 pm
No it doesn't save them John, but it may be the only thing left to them in the future. Is why I mentioned Edward Curtis and his documentation. He couldn't save them either, but he was able to keep for them things that would of been truly lost forever.
I recall how when the Greater Sioux Nation saw some photos of riders on horses carrying branches of trees in the air, they were able to place that as part of the ceremony for the Sun Dance that was lost. Other Nations are using the waxed cylinders to bring their language back. Some others saw the clothes and are now able to make regalia to look like what their ancestors wore.